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Winning Is Not Enough Paperback – 16 Apr 2009
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'A superb read...This is the story of a man of true national value' (Independent)
'It includes some of the most compelling prose I have ever read...I didn't want to put it down' (Daily Telegraph)
'Powerful' (The Times)
'A superior sporting memoir' (Herald)
'Beyond the sport, this is a compelling tale of his battle against the odds and how he achieved worldwide recognition as a sportsman, role model and accomplished and respected businessman' (Motoring & Leisure)
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Autobiographies are fiendishly difficult things to get right and perhaps that's why, even in the ego-fuelled world of professional sport, there are so few of them.
This is an entirely different book. From start to finish the voice of the book is unmistakably Stewart - methodical and logical with a deep sense of conviction.
The most striking portion of the book comes just a few pages in - the second chapter `Am I stupid?', in which Stewart recounts his struggle with dyslexia and efforts to improve recognition of the condition in schools. It's uncomfortable reading after hearing Max Mosley's recent ill-advised attack on Stewart as a `certifiable halfwit'.
The book gets into its stride in the middle section where Stewart recounts his racing career, focusing not just on his successes but also on his tireless pursuit of improved safety standards and the conflicts this created.
There's so much packed in that 500 pages seems on the short side. Even before he was a three times world champion he was an enormously successful shooter, and after being an F1 driver he was a sports commentator, business man, team boss of Paul Stewart Racing, then Stewart Grand Prix and president of the British Racing Drivers' Club.
Finishing the book it's hard to imagine how one could get a clearer impression of the man short of actually meeting him. This is the whole story on Stewart - driver and man, personal and professional. It's a really excellent piece of work.
The title sums it up. Would "Winning is not Enough" work as a title for a book about Michael Schumacher? Ayrton Senna? Alain Prost?
Perhaps not. But for Jackie Stewart it's the least that can be said of him.
The points that the cynics are missing are as follows: You get to learn about the author's mindset and his approach to life and tasks. The 'name-dropping' did not come over that way to me, it was more a case of him putting over how priviliged he has been over the years.
It's a well written, easy to read and interesting book about a man from the days when you did not have to have bucket loads of money to get to the top level of motor racing. He got there on talent, making good decisions as well as being in the right place at the right time.
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