Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography Mass Market Paperback – 9 Jun 2005
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Love him or loathe him, you've got to admit it, Richard Branson has drive. And guts. And enough ambition to sink a battleship--or perhaps that should be a jumbo jet--or even a whole company of jumbos if the Virgin Atlantic/British Airways debacle (which takes up a huge chunk of this already huge tome) is anything to go by.
Branson's autobiography makes immensely fascinating reading. Whatever you think of Britain's most famous entrepreneur, the odds are that you will enjoy reading his autobiography. You may snort at descriptions of his "poor" childhood--spent eating bread and dripping while living in a house the majority of us visit on Bank Holidays and attending a "minor" public school. You may groan at memories of early initiative tests: how about being ejected from the family car and told by his mother to find his way home--at the age of four? You may flinch at accounts of his early business days as an unwashed, unshod, hippy magazine publisher living en famille with his staff in the crypt of a West London church. But, all in all, you'll get to understand where the guy's coming from--man.
And, like the man himself, there's no holds barred here. Richard bares his soul, from childhood, school days (cheating at exams), loves and losses (lost one wife when a spot of wife-swapping went drastically wrong--for him), death-defying adventures (yes, the balloons are all there), to the rise and rise of the Virgin empire. His interviews for Student magazine and the early days of Virgin Music read like a chronicle of popular music and culture in the late 20th century. Famous names bounce off every page. Prepare to be enthralled by the life and times of a walking publicity machine. --Carey Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Grabs you on page one and never lets go... a rollercoaster ride...read what makes this brilliant and hardworking man tick." (Spectator)
"Candid and humerous." (The Times)
"An incredible man, and this is an incredible autobiography... a great read - sex, balloons, intrigue and money." (Sunday Business)
"Branson bares his soul - and everything else - in a non-fiction blockbuster... a must read." (Business Age)
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Top Customer Reviews
My only negative is that the last quarter really bored me. The business bit is so much more intersting than hearing about how he's trying to save the world, cure disease and stop global warming. Less candid and more dreamy.
All in all though very happy to recommend what has been a really good read on the whole.
The disgraceful behaviour of British Airways towards Vigin Air is riveting reading. I bet most readers would question whether they would fly BA again!
Through understanding what has gone on behind the scenes in Branson's life, it becomes clear that this hasn't all been an easy ride, nor has anything been handed to this man on a plate. He and his fellow workers have built the Virgin empire through hard work, a lot of forward thinking, learning vital lessons from big mistakes, and by never being afraid that they might have to pick themselves and start over after a big fall.
If you're looking for a bit of inspiration, whether you're a business-head or a regular Joe, there will be something for you here. Branson's determination and enthusiasm in both his business and personal life are inspiring, but it's nice to know he's not completely perfect; really he's just like the rest of us, just a little more daring (and at times, one might suggest - daft?!)
I look forward to reading about the next ten years!
This is definitely a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and earnestly recommend to anyone, not necessarily to businessmen, just to anyone who wants to make the most of his/her life.
Richard Branson used the book well on many occasions to tell his side of the story and to clarify to the public certain events that may have not been fully disclosed in that way during the time of their occurance.
He also talks freely about matters, which a conventionial bussinessman would find out of place, beyong the point or even downright embarrassing. Those "personal" moments are actually the essence of what this book is all about. The book is about Branson's life and Virgin Group is just that, a very large chunk of Branson's life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best stories I read, full of interesting stories, will keep you on the tip of ur toes.Published 8 days ago by Mohammed
Purchased for my partner when we went on holiday. He couldn't put the book down and was often reading extracts aloud to me on the beach. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Annie
Richard gives it you straight - difficult book to put down once you start reading it.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fast delivery, great item, excellent price, would highly recommend. A+++Published 19 days ago by Micheal Treanor
Bought as a Christmas present for my other half and he loved it! Good read even even for those who aren't big readers ( like my hubby! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting insight into the man and the way he has achieved his success. Sometimes biographies can be a bit dry and self-indulgent, but this one really hits the mark.Published 2 months ago by Ian Bone
Best book I have read Richard is not only a great businessman but is also a great humanitarian and is an example how we should treat mankind and the planet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter R.
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