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Ireland Goes Racing,
This review is from: An Independent Man: The Autobiography (Hardcover)
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.