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Nigel Mansell: My Autobiography Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (2 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001049429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001049420
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,299,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel Mansell – whinger or lion? Il Leone as he was named by the passionate Italian fans when he drove for Ferrari. Nigel best answers for himself:

‘Every really hot lap relies on the brain and the body being in harmony and prepared, at certain points, to over-extend and over-commit. That is the only way to beat the Sennas and the Schumachers. It is I think, the act of balancing risk against the interest of self-preservation, while keeping everything under control.

‘Sometimes it can all go wrong…

‘Going into turn one at the Phoenix Oval, at 180 m.p.h., the car stepped out at the rear and slid backwards, hitting the wall. The gearbox punched a hole in the five inch thick concrete and the full brunt of the shock travelled through the car and was absorbed by my lower back. A cavity measuring fourteen inches by twelve opened up where the fat and muscle had been torn away from the bone and flesh…’

Two weeks later, Nigel Mansell was racing again; and that season he won the Indycar Championship.

Nigel is a hugely courageous, hugely talented Formula One champion and, with 31 Grand Prix victories, one of the most successful in the sport’s history.

This is his story…

About the Author

Nigel Mansell is a hugely courageous, hugely talented Formula One champion and, with 31 Grand Prix victories, one of the most successful in the sport’s history.


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Format: Hardcover
An excellent account of a remarkable racing career. Where most race driver biographies tend to be result records with the odd personal comment, this book generously reflects Nigels personal thoughts and values. His relations with team mates and team managers are described very personally and with much emotion. The book als covers more than just the racing (golf, karate) which could be a bad thing. In this book, however, it just adds beautifully to the image the is created of a great driver.
I am really no great fan of Nigel's but after reading this book, my admiration and respect for him has skyrocketed.
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Format: Audio Cassette
A truly inspirational account of self belief, determination and commitment.
Whether you are a fan of 'Our Nige'or not, after reading this you will have to agree that he more than deserved to win the F1 World Championship in '92.
Now stop wasting your time reading this and read the book !.
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Format: Paperback
I purchased this book quite a while ago, on sale, and only recently decided to have a look. I admired Mansell as a driver but his personality didn't came into play often, probably as I am not british. But the book, itself, is a reference as how to write an autobiography. Although a bit repetitive here and there, the open explanation of his feelings when dealing with the inners of the "Piranha Club" show that during the 80's and 90's F1 had a true gentleman aboard a Lotus, Williams or Ferrari and, what's more, completely able to have the job fully done. No difference between Nigel and the long remembered Clark, Brabham, Hill, Fangio and many others. A remarkable book, well balanced between personal feelings, technical details, political manouevers and unknown anecdotes. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a fan and have lots of respect for Nigel Mansell. Considering he came from Birmingham "the boy done good" (I also come from Birmingham which is another reason I liked the book). Great stories of teams, managers, drivers and cars and good explanations of what drives him and how he drives. His love and respect for his wife also comes across strongly. NM is tough and a fighter and a big softie on the inside. There is a bit of everything here to delight any motorsport fan.
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Format: Paperback
Nigel was driving in the days before PR managers and young driver schools. He pushed himself to the limits, and beyond, to get to where he knew he belonged. In to an F1 car. He then pushed some more to get in to a competative F1 car. Personally signed by Colin Chapman and Enzo himself, not a lot of drivers can say that.
I always like Nigels determination so I'm biased to enjoying this book very much. The details and stories of our Nige against the establishment reinforce the lengths he went to in order to succeed. It was a long and difficult battle, certainly not for the feignt hearted. Driving with considerable injuries would not be allowed today but he did so and triumphed.
Conquering F1 then the ovals of America is a feat few can match. There is good reason why people within F1 rate Nigel in the all time 10 ten. He was a great sportsman, lifting the British crowds at Silverstone and genuinely rising to the occasion to produce one of the most memorable finishes in his Williams. F1 now sorely misses personalities such as Mansell. At a time when cars where hugely physical to drive and racing in perhaps the greatest era he showed us all that determination and a hell of a lot of hard work can get you to the top. I have heard that there are fewer Formula 1 champions than Presidents of the United States. Truly an exclusive club. Truly a driving legend. And you don't see moustaches like that anymore.
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Format: Hardcover
Although meant to be taken entirely literally this book especially with its use of the personal pronoun all the way through is actual stupendously funny from cover to cover. In fact, at times it reads pretty much like a spoof. And this is mainly becasue the character of Mansell is totally lacking in irony or even the feintest trace of self deprecation. After a while one starts to realise that Mr Mansell truly believes every word he says...which makes this a terrifically funny book - the guy simply does not do humility, irony or honesty...

It was Peter Warr who once stated that Mansell was nothing if not totally dishonest with himself and this book is dripping with self justification and an aversion to tackle anything detrimental to the fantasy that Nigel has weaved for himself. For example his years with Lotus where he was consistently outperformed over a four year period by Elio de Angelis are explained away by virtue of the fact that Peter Warr wasn't a Mansell fan. Furthermore, Mansell ignores the fact that when Senna replaced him at Lotus the team suddenly became winners overnight - Senna won his 2nd race with Lotus whereas Mansell had drawn a blank in four years!! And the Brazilian also demolished De Angelis within two races!! Mansell, though chooses not to consider these episodes as this would clearly smash his fantasy to pieces. In his own mind, Mansell was a far superior driver to Ayrton Senna...and it gets even worse...

In a chapter about his year driving alongside Alain Prost at Ferrari, Mansell tells us that he could have beaten the french quadruple world champion if it hadn't been for 'politics'. But what are these dark and sinister politics to which the whingeing brummie refers? Apparently Prost tried out Mansell's car at Silverstone and....
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