Revised and updated with new material from the paperback edition.
Includes a prelude read by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson's compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson's best-selling autobiography has now been updated to offer reflections on events at Manchester United since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour round the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised.
The extra material adds fresh insights and detail on his final years as United's manager.
Both the psychology of management and the detail of football strategy at the top level can be complex matters but no-one has explained them in a more interesting and accessible way for the general reader than Sir Alex does here.
My Autobiography is revealing, endlessly entertaining and above all inspirational.
The reader James Macpherson most notably appeared in 'Taggart' as DCI Mike Jardine, and has also read the audiobook editions of Ian Rankin's Rebus series and Billy Connolly's Route 66.
©2013 Alex Ferguson (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
Something About Myself
First let me state, I am not an Man U fan but I love football and having grown up knowing only Alex Ferguson as the manager of Manchester united I was very much looking forward to this audio book. There is some good content in this book but I felt a little short changed by the end.
There is little back ground to Fergies time at Man United, his time at Aberdeen as a manager and Rangers as a player were both stories I was looking forward to along with his short time Managing Scotland but all these are only occasionally referred to. He does say at the beginning he is focusing on his time at Man U as he has covered other parts of his life in other books, but what if like me you have not read these books? It did, at times, feel a little bit like a list of who he thought was rubbish, unprofessional or simply “a good Lad” with some interesting bits in-between.
Don’t expect many stories about his childhood or early life. What you get is mainly his last ten years or so at Man United. I also was disappointed in that there wasn’t more about how he manages players and situations but the sections he describes some of his techniques are interesting all the same. I did, for all of its faults, enjoy the book and there are some genuinely interesting sections.
My hope is that when Fergie finally pops his clogs (not wishing death on the man, hope he lives on till he’s 90 but death comes to us all) that we get a definitive unbiased biography of the man by someone like Duncan Hamilton.
James Macpherson narration is outstanding even though there are a few dodgy accents in there, Ryan Giggs “Welsh” accent was terrible but at least he had a crack!
Have it properly edited. There were many cases of stories being repeated & items out of order
Understanding how a team was put together & the transfer market machinations were interesting but it was noticeable that key events were diluted or not mentioned such as his son's agency & the horse ownership issues. Very little was said about the contributions of his staff nor his actual day to day activities
Not as good a read as expected, for a ghost written book it was poorly produced & felt like the notes from a few brief chats; no real rhythm nor chronology
This honest account just goes to show how coaching and managing at the very top does not have to be rocket science. It also shows how his successor clearly didn't have a copy or read it before taking over! Wether you love or loath Utd and Ferguson it is a great insight into a brilliant footballing brain and the characters he dealt with and the non-negotiables he had as a manager.
Audible is a whole new world of interest, delight, insight, and hilarity! I don't know how I'd live without it!
Probably. Would have preferred Fergie reading it himself.
Harry Redknapp, always managing. A real insight on the game of football and professional footballers.
Yes. Well read in all honesty, but having listened to "Self Read" biographies, there's a feeling of genuine feeling when accounts and stories are told.
Not really. Just found it a thoroughly interesting listen. To get a glimpse of the United dressing room which as been an Enigma for so many years.
As a football coach it was interesting to hear about the inside running of a successful football club, so from that point of view it was enjoyable.
I was expecting more information about the man this book was about. I was looking forward to hearing about his journey as a coach and his upbringing. The book felt like I was reading the tabloid newspapers at times, with rare moments of insightful substance. There was very little self-reflection by Ferguson regarding the controversial issues he mentioned.
The narrator should stay away from imitating accents.
Would not be possible to make a film as there is no real story.
I would stay away from this book if you are expecting to gain an insight into the life of a man who had such a successful and colorful career. If you are looking for Ferguson's views regarding certain players he managed or managers he faced then this book would be worthwhile. Even then I was a little shocked to how bias his account of events were. Probably would of been a better book if he took some timeout to reflect on his career, as it seems like Ferguson wrote this book as if he was still the Man Utd manager making sure he was protecting the interests of the club.
Keep it Unreal
Manchester United and Fergie are certainly not a team I follow other than watching them trying to beat us season after season. However this book was a delight to listen to, a new found respect for the man has formed. The book is comedic in parts, enlightening in others; for a text that has a lot of name dropping it is difficult not to carry on listening.
The narrator is an easy going Scottish accent, with some good if not amusing impersonations of players and managers.
Worthy of a listen/read whether a MUFC fan or not.
It's a fascinating insight into his time at Manchester United.
The second half of the book however does find him repeating himself with some of the stories.
Worthy of a listen none the less
No, but I'm pleased I listened to this.
All of the judgements and comments he makes about players are interesting and informative. A holiday cruise he talks about around the Western Isles and Outer Hebrides made me want to do the same holiday.
Having been used to Sir Alex's voice for all these years anyone other than the man himself would be second rate in comparison, but this isn't meant as a criticism of James MacPherson.
I had put off reading this book for some time as I thought it would not add much to my understanding of Alex's time at Man Utd. How wrong I was. Great insights into this successful period at the club and also sheds light on several high profile departures from the club. Excellent narration as well.
"Solid, if a little egotistical"
The narration is great, the story is solid and full of rather interesting insights for any football fan. Towards the end Fergie drifts off into a little bit of his own ego but I suppose it's hard to write a book about oneself without doing a touch of that.
I think I'm fine. As an Arsenal fan there's only so much I can take!
It seemed very authentic, I felt like I was listening to the man himself most of the time.
Fergie's life on the sideline
"couldn't get enough!"
really enjoyed it! man u fan to the end! get it,u won't be disappointed! G
Great read/listen for any Sir Asked or Manchester United fan. It brings back the good old years of the red devil's
"Simply fantastic "
Simplicity of Alex's story is a beautiful frame for explaining the complexity of leading a wonderful life
"great football read"
great insight to the league and world of football. great narration and authentic to how author talks
"If you want to understand management"
There's nothing Sir Alex Ferguson hasn't achieved. Trophies, knighthood, recognition etc.
This book explains very clearly his thought process into how he successfully managed the biggest soccer club in the world through an era of unprecedented success and fame.
Anyone could use his ideas, lessons and thoughts in their lives, be it managing themselves or a huge team.
To come from a man who has won it all - priceless.
"Not as good as expected given his experience."
Slightly disappointed about the depth of the book, but I guess that is football for you. Worth listening to just for general info but nothing more unfortunately.
"Epic, Every Man Utd fan will love it"
The honesty and depth that he spoke about his players, stunning
The chapter on Van Nistelrooy was incredible
I was hoping for more insight and depth but still a decent story and storyteller.
"Never made a mistake in his life"
I understand that this is an autobiography, but according to Ferguson he made only minor mistakes during his time at MUFC. Given his level of success, he certainly made more good decisions than bad, but even his poor transfer business is described as down to the players themselves and not mistakes he may have made. That said, his understanding and description of how effective leaders operate is second to none. He also understands how early experiences in life and in football shaped his later successes. This was a well written and well performed book. My issues with it are on a personality level. I was certainly entertained by it and it does provide a little window into the life of a top-level football manager.
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