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on 8 May 2012
It's a theme that runs right through the core of an autobiography of a man, Jackie Stewart, who was far more than just a world champion.

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.
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on 29 December 2011
There are some very cynical reviews of this book but for me it was a terrific read which I completed very quickly. If you are after a book which is 100% about motor racing then I would say that this book is not for you as Sir Jackie takes us through all the different aspects of his life before, during and after his career in Formula One.

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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on 23 May 2010
This book has it all- unmissable- one of the finest books I have ever read and in 60years I have read a number. if you haven't bought or read this book then you are missing out as it has it all the whole of lifes ups ,downs A very feeling and caring work - the truth shines through ,with deep heart felt emotion. While I was reading the work I congratulated myself on this purchase a real pleasure to read and understand. Everyone will learn from this and so they should its a wonderful story which will enlighten and humble all. You will actually congratulate yourself for the purchase and feel that you finally have found truth, care, love and triumph in this extremely tumultuous life. Well done Jackie Stewart there is no acclaim given that can be high enough. Thank you for a truly wonderful experience of emotions.
Mac
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on 28 March 2014
Jackie's thoughts on life are quite profound. As I read the book, I often found myself thinking: "You're right, I wish I had thought of that at the time!" Not really a blow by blow account of the F1 career, more of an overview of his life from clay-pigeon shooting through motor racing to business and the people he met and conclusions he came to. Good read and I got it second hand for next to nothing so I guess that would appeal to Jackie's Scottish sense of economy!
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on 23 February 2018
Great man. Yet to start reading it, but know it will be good.
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on 15 August 2014
Nice autobiography but would have loved to read more about his exploits on the race track and his interactions with his fellow drivers. Too much name dropping from the world of celebrity for my liking.
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on 10 October 2017
Was meant to be very good condition. I am guessing we have very different ideas of what very good condition Is!! Spine of book was very badly worn.
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on 20 May 2016
If you like Jackie, you must get this.
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on 17 May 2009
This is the autobiography of one of the greatest racing drivers that the UK has produced. Well written and not afraid to address controversial aspects of the subject's life. Although I am not a racing enthusiast, I found this biography fascinating in its own right.
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on 7 August 2013
This book gives a great insight into the world of racing. The dangers, the heartbreaks and the elation of winning. Jackie Stewart did a lot to improve the safety in F1 and thoroughly deserves the recognition that he gets. His work ethic is one that should be copied in ALL businesses.
A truly wonderful read.
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