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Losing My Virginity Paperback – 7 May 2009
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Love him or loathe him, you've got to admit that 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 sizable 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 the kind of house 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 thrown out of 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) and 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Branson has a list of achievements unmatched by any other UK businessman. For anyone burning with entrepreneurial zeal, his reminiscences are akin to a sacred text" (Mail on Sunday)
"Grabs you on page one and never lets go ... a rollercoaster ride ... read what makes this brilliant and hardworking man tick" (Spectator)
"Candid and humorous" (Times)
"An incredible man, and this is an incredible autobiography... a great read - sex, balloons, intrigue and money" (Sunday Business)
"A remarkable story of business success against the financial odds – having created one of the world’s most admired brand names, Branson
is entitled to tell it all." (Evening Standard)
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Every entrepreneur should read this! Compelling and inspirational account of a man who didn't always do the right thing but always found his way. I read it in two days!Published 3 months ago by msmiley1
Ballsy and very lucky guy...... Nearly died,failed in business somany times , amazing story thoughPublished 6 months ago by mark bagnall
Brilliant, arrived beautifully wrapped and really quickly thank youPublished 6 months ago by Angelina Birch
A nice story and he has led a fascinating and varied life.
But who knew that Richard Branson was personally responsible for saving the world from all of its ills?!