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Bernie: The Biography of Bernie Ecclestone (Anglais) Relié – 15 mars 2011

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"While Susan Watkins biography is evidently a sympathetic one, it's not a whitewash. (About his interactions with journalists: "At the end, the interviewer is usually no wiser.") An in-depth look at a complex personality; full of neat gossip." - Road & Track

"Hot on the heels of renewed talk of a F1 'breakaway' series, reports quote Ron Dennis as accusing Bernie Ecclestone of stealing the sport's commercial rights from the teams. The McLaren supremo's comments appear in the new Ecclestone biography called 'Bernie'. "Bernie effectively stole Formula One from us," Dennis charged. He is referring to the transfer of F1's lucrative commercial rights from the team-led Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA) to Ecclestone's company in the 90s. "He used this commercial benefit to persuade the teams to accept a contract that eliminated them from the passing of rights as had previously existed," Dennis said in the book. McLaren - as well as Williams - contested the transaction, claiming that some of the profits of the rights' subsequent sale belonged to them. The British teams also sued the law firms that represented them for giving bad advice, but Ecclestone insists they simply regretted not making a wiser decision. "It's only when things started to look good and I invested the money and it started to work that they thought maybe they should have done it," said the 80-year-old." - Speed TV

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Susan Watkins has written acclaimed biographies of Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I and Jane Austen. She has lectured internationally on her historical subjects, and recently has written a stage play and screenplay on the Guinea Pig Club and Sir Archibald McIndoe, maverick WWII plastic surgeon. Married to Prof Sid Watkins, F1 surgical and safety consultant, she has been an F1 insider since the early 1980s, and her extended family has included Ayrton Senna, James Hunt, Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss.

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HASH(0x949fd828) étoiles sur 5 The history of Bernie is the history of modern formula 1 17 décembre 2011
Par JCH4RE - Publié sur
Format: Relié
When reading this biography what became immediately apparent is that the history of Bernie Ecclestone is the history of modern formula 1. From the moment he entered into the series in the early 70's right up until the present, his has been the vision that has guided grand prix racing. This book details nicely how and why he became involved in racing and how his vision has transformed formula 1 from what was essentially a gentleman's racing series into a billion dollar per year business. There is no doubt that Mr. Ecclestone is a controversial figure on many levels, but few would argue that anyone has had a more defining presence (good or bad depends on your view point) on grand prix racing. If you're a fan of formula 1, this book will provide a complete history of its modern development including the people, places, and events that played such and important role in the last 40 years. It describes how he first come onto the scene as a manager for Jochen Rindt and subsequently became a championship team owner with Bradham. The later half of the book tells about his rise as a power broker in grand prix and provides a unique insight into the business behind the worlds most glamorous and expensive form of racing. Perhaps the only criticism that could be leveled against the book is that the author's personal relationship with Mr. Ecclestone (she is the wife of professor Sid Watkins and friend of his for years) slants the presentation of events to a favorable vantage point for Mr. Ecclestone. Perhaps this results in discounting some of the likely justifiable criticisms of and arguments against his business dealings over the years. Overall though, if you are a fan of formula 1, this book provides an unparalleled description of the history of the modern era of formula 1 and the political and financial intrigue that occurs behind the scenes. A recommened read for any formula 1 fanatic.
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HASH(0x949f7ae0) étoiles sur 5 Must Read for F1 Fans 4 juin 2012
Par Samuel J. Sharp - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Besides Autocourse's "60 years of Grand Prix World Championship Motor Racing", this is probably the best book on modern F1 in print. The opening chapters are full of biographical details about Bernie's youth and early business activities which some readers way be eager to skip if they are only interested in Bernie's rise through F1 which are covered superbly beginning in chapter 5. The middle half of the book was the most interesting, and I learned a lot of the history of Formula One. The chronology breaks down towards the end of the book and one chapter is in fact titled "Odds and Ends" but there is still engaging material throughout. This is an excellent and compelling read for almost the full 420 pages.

The author is the wife of long time F1 medical chief Sid Watkins and her proximity to Bernie may make her reluctant to criticize him as freely as others might, but the book is still largely objective and includes voices expressing discontent towards Bernie's negotiating tactics and idea of fairness. Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x948ad30c) étoiles sur 5 If you are a fan of F1 and it's history, this book is for you. 14 septembre 2012
Par J. Breese - Publié sur
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Bernie is a great biography, probably one of the best I have ever read. I am a huge F1 fan, and this book provides plenty of insight and history into Formula 1. The book covers a range of topics from the inception, Bernie's involvement from the beginning, Aryton Senna, Frank Williams, Prof Sid Watkins, finances and on and on. It is extremely well written and an excellent read.
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HASH(0x948adbdc) étoiles sur 5 Bernie...pauper to Prince(?) 25 août 2013
Par Jerome D. Homish - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is an excellent book, well-researched and exquisitely written, by Susan Watkins (widow of the late Professor, "Prof",Sid Watkins). I know from conversations with the Prof how much effort and time Susan put into this biography, and it certainly shows! Whether you like or dislike Mr. Ecclestone's style is a moot point, the book is historically accurate and detailed.
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HASH(0x948ad00c) étoiles sur 5 lesson on ethics 22 mars 2011
Par Tracker - Publié sur
Format: Relié
A fascinating book if you are a Grand Prix fanatic or looking for guidance on the ethics of high end negotiating.Perhaps it was me, but at times the complexity of family relations, partners and acquaintances caused more then one paragraph to be reread. Interesting and worth the time and $ if you watch every GP when it airs live, regardless of the time of day.-Wade
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