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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752893173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893174
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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Irish PR Eddie will be in Dublin on 18-19 May to promote the book. Confirmed TV interviews: RTE LATE LATE SHOW on 18 May UTV GERRY MEETS on 24 May Confirmed Radio interviews: 2FM Sunday Sports Bag NEWSTALK 106FM Off the Ball. Magazines: 'At Home' feature in HELLO magazine Interview in EASYJET magazine June issue. Interview and extract in F1 RACING Press: Interview with THE TIMES on 16 May Syndicated interview with PA SPORT on 16 May TV: Interview on BBC SATURDAY KITCHEN on 11May interview on GMTV on 16 May Radio: Interview on BBC 5 LIVE Simon Mayo show on 16 May Inteview on BBC RADIO 2 Johnnie Walker on 16 May Interviews on BMI TALK TALK 16 May Syndicated interview on IRN stations 16 May interviews on a range of local BBC radio stations 16 May Online: Interviews with SKY SPORTS and BBC SPORTS ONLINE 16 May Events: Signing with Eddie at Waterstone's Leadenhall Market around publication. National Sporting Club lunch confirmed on 12 June.

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The hugely entertaining, and extremely candid, autobiography of one of the most colourful characters in motor sport

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Format: Hardcover
I am a keen fan of F1 especially the business side of it. When this appeared at my local library I was over the moon. I found myself reading chapters out of order, simply because I wanted to know too much, too quickly and hence rushed it. It is a good book however, I was left a little disappointed at how it had been condensed (blame the publishers)down into easy to read chapters, rather than giving the reader all the information and more besides. I felt that if the book had been twice the number of pages, it still wouldn't have been enough detail into his life and business dealings. I got the feeling he could have written a book each on his dealings with the main characters of F1.

So if you want a easy to read, disposable book then it fits the bill but to me it was too superficial and short and left me wanting more.
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I very much enjoyed this book. Not only has Jordan achieved an immense amount, he has done so with decency and respect for his colleagues and rivals. He writes with great warmth and honesty about so many people he could easily have slated. The book is not a classic, nor is it hugely detailed, but it is an excellent read which would be enjoyed by motor racing fans.

Jordan begins by describing how he started racing, how he suffered injuries in crashes, and how he persisted to a pretty high level before switching to running his own team. His team progresses, and eventually, he moves into F1. One of the things which stands out is the long list of personal relationships that he built with huge numbers of people - drivers, team members, competitors, sponsors, celebrities and royalty. I think that this is a mark of someone with a great love of people and friendship. Another thing which stands out is how he used his Irishness to approach motor racing in a different way to other teams, allowing him to achieve much more with significantly fewer resources, and to stand out from the crowd.

Jordan is a deal-maker, a wheeler dealer, a master networker, a marketeer of the first order, and someone with a real zest and energy for life.

As is normally the case with such high achievers, one gets the feeling that his family suffered from his absence, and he touches on this just once when he said that, after he had left F1, he told one of his daughters that he was a good dad, only for her to tell him that he had only just turned up. I think that it would have been nice to have learnt more about his family, but they are entitled to their privacy.

I strongly recommend this book. It is far from compendious on detail, but it conveys the passion, energy and spirit of Jordan and his F1 team very well. I think that a full history of Jordan and his racing life should be written by someone other than the main protagonist.
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Format: Hardcover
Eddie Jordan doesn't pull any punches here, and it was very refreshing to see how things are for the smaller teams in F1.

I always admired the team's spirit and it was a real eye-opener at times - some of his conclusions at the end of the book really struck a chord with me.

All in all, a really good read for the F1 fan, and a book that will take pride of place in my collection.
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A very good read. Lots of insight into the goings on in motorsport from the 70's onward. Includes lots of heroes and villains from formula racing with lots of filling in of history that you thought you knew. Having read a few books relating to the Jordan era, none of them seem to conflict with what is written here, so it may all be true. Would be nice to see a similar effort from Mr Ecclestone but I doubt that that will happen any time soon.
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Format: Paperback
Although Eddie Jordan may appear like a fool on the BBC, he truly has achieved a lot. Although his book is a bit slow to start, when he gets to the racing part of his life (most of it)its really enjoyable. I only have two warnings to make, Firstly, make sure your awake as he will say 5 names in a sentence and you have to remember them for most of the book. Secondly, if your quite young reading this (under 20) make sure you know you F1 history as he will make references to drivers (and it only makes sense if you know they won the championship etc). (I should point out it only really goes up to 2007.)

Overall a really good read with a good insight into the life of being a F1 team owner.
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Is Eddie Jordan Irish?? Thats all he seems to refer to all the way through this book. The best bit is when he said that George Harrison loved being in the pits because of his grandparent Irish connection? It wouldnt be anything to do with the fact that George and Damon were close friends then?
Book was ok,but when it started on about golf that was it for me.
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Really enjoyed this book, it gives a greater insight as to how Eddie Jordan got started, I thought it was a great read with an era that I am familiar with. Seemed an honest and open account of his life, sometimes a seat of your pants outlook but look where he ended up.Not something you could do today I feel
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I find Eddie a bit irritating but I was intrigued to find out a bit more about the man. This book is a good read with a few interesting inside stories on how F1 worked. Very happy to recommend to anyone interested in F1.
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