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Summary

Meet the man who helmed Manchester United for 27 years. A tour de force in the world of football, Alex Ferguson wrote this book for his fans, addressing personal feuds, triumphs and highlights of his life on the pitch. A must-listen for football fanatics around the world.

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

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Honest and simple

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.

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  • kmcca5
  • Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex
  • 01-11-13

Good but could have been much better

Any additional comments?

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!

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Simply awesome

Couldnt recommend this title enough for any football fan. Kept me hoolked from start to finish

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Good Insight, but needed more.

Good insight to a top class manager, very clever Alex is. Book had alot of irrelevant stories also (horse racing) I didn't care for. wasn't enjoyable as not really an enjoyable man tbh. A bit cold in places and disagree with some of his ideas.

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insightful

so much detail about my team I never knew, some of the stories were fascinating

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Great book

Great listen about a great man with a great career within football. Truly worth every second.

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Self important arse

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Listening to this book would have you believe that mr furguson is a wine loving book reading intellectual, maybe he is but I am not convinced

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  • Liam
  • Dudley, United Kingdom
  • 12-03-14

The real Fergie. Utterly entertaining.

Would you listen to Alex Ferguson again? Why?

Probably. Would have preferred Fergie reading it himself.

What other book might you compare Alex Ferguson to, and why?

Harry Redknapp, always managing. A real insight on the game of football and professional footballers.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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  • 30-01-14

Struggled to finish it

If you admire Alex Ferguson but instinctively find him hard to like then this book will probably do nothing to change your mind. Ferguson chronicles of all the things he has contributed to the beautiful game and takes credit for a few tenuous achievements besides. The book demonstrates his acute understanding of football but lacks any humour or humility. Furthermore he gracelessly and needlessly sticks the knife into anyone who has crossed his path over the years. The only time I laughed was when the narrator (who was chosen I assume because he sounds just like Sir Alex) broke into impressions of other people - something you could never imagine Ferguson doing.

It took me weeks to finish because the more more I read of it the less I liked him.

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  • Ehsan
  • london, United Kingdom
  • 11-11-13

Disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What could Alex Ferguson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator should stay away from imitating accents.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Would not be possible to make a film as there is no real story.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • J. MacDonald
  • 19-11-13

Solid, if a little egotistical

What made the experience of listening to Alex Ferguson the most enjoyable?

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.

Would you be willing to try another book from Alex Ferguson? Why or why not?

I think I'm fine. As an Arsenal fan there's only so much I can take!

What about James Macpherson and Alex Ferguson ’s performance did you like?

It seemed very authentic, I felt like I was listening to the man himself most of the time.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fergie's life on the sideline

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  • Agnel
  • 11-02-16

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-17

A must read / listen for every football fan.

An insightful first person overview of Fergie. The narrator has a Scottish accent which grows on you to such an extent that now my mind has accepted it as Alex Ferguson's real voice.

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  • Garyn Cohen
  • 21-07-16

couldn't get enough!

really enjoyed it! man u fan to the end! get it,u won't be disappointed! G

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  • Danny
  • 30-06-16

Wonderful

Great read/listen for any Sir Asked or Manchester United fan. It brings back the good old years of the red devil's

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  • Duka
  • 26-06-16

Simply fantastic

Simplicity of Alex's story is a beautiful frame for explaining the complexity of leading a wonderful life

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  • Troy
  • 04-05-16

great football read

great insight to the league and world of football. great narration and authentic to how author talks

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  • Adam Ashcroft
  • 07-03-15

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.

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  • @paulmmcaffrey
  • 14-12-13

Epic, Every Man Utd fan will love it

What made the experience of listening to Alex Ferguson the most enjoyable?

The honesty and depth that he spoke about his players, stunning

What did you like best about this story?

The chapter on Van Nistelrooy was incredible

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-18

Good Book

This book is good if you are a foorball fan. Thank God for Sir Alex