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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Simply fantastic

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

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great football read

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

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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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Amazing Story

What did you love best about Alex Ferguson?

If you would like to understand more about football - that's soccer to Americans - then I heard you to read this book or to download it from Audible. It is narrated by an amazing guy that really put you in the mood. If you want to know what happened in the dressing room ...coaching ...directing ...managing a football team or a football Club then this book is a must. Want to know who is Mourinho, Arsene vinegar or Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney, vanPercy, Liverpool, ManCity, then give it a shot.

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  • kmcca5
  • 11-01-13

Good but could have been much better

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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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  • Ehsan
  • 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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  • AD
  • 01-30-14

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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  • Rupes Kitzinger
  • 05-30-14

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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  • JohnF
  • 10-29-20

A great book on leadership!

An excellent book on the great man's leadership and management of a massive football club now in the shadow of it's even bigger coach. Insightful and honest Alex pulls no punches on those he doesn't rate or thinks let him down. As an Arsenal supporting fan I found this book a wonderful insight into his mind and character.

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  • Mark William Dale
  • 08-16-17

Simply awesome

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

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  • ao
  • 08-20-15

This is from a Liverpool Fan...

Wow! What a book, enjoyed every bit of it. It's nice knowing Sir Alex is human and has a humorous side, I laughed a lot as I went through the book (Especially at the typographical error of adding "not" before the words "a top, top", get it?). Overall, the book is a great read and I can't but doff my hat to Sir Alex Ferguson.

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  • Jonny D
  • 12-01-14

Self-indulgent tosh...mostly.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The content.

Has Alex Ferguson put you off other books in this genre?

Yes.

Have you listened to any of Alex Ferguson and James Macpherson ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Not a chance.

Any additional comments?

I have never been a massive fan of autobiographies, as, in the main, they do tend to be self-indulgent drivel and this is no exception. I am a huge United fan and even that couldn't save me. Whilst there were interesting issues raised and good observations in the book, it's all just a bit dull and uninteresting in my opinion...and very self-indulgent in places. I also didn't like the way it was written, it was full of individual chapters about specific people, clubs, events, etc....there were often no coherent links from chapter to chapter and this resulted in quite a bit of repetition throughout. It didn't feel like much thought had gone into the writing of the book and it smacked of a cynical money making exercise to me.

I thought the reader was excellent and did a good job, although I would seriously question the idiot who decided the odd (and I mean perhaps 3 or 4 in the whole book) swear word in the book needed to be 'bleeped' out of the reading...I mean, seriously?

All in all I wouldn't recommend, unless you are a particularly keen fan of autobiographies.

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  • Dekka52
  • 12-01-13

Collection of chate

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Have it properly edited. There were many cases of stories being repeated & items out of order

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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

What does Alex Ferguson and James Macpherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing

Did Alex Ferguson inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

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

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  • Philip Brett
  • 12-11-18

More like a history of the club than Biography

This book is an accurate depiction of Fergusons time at manchester , It lacks any meat to the bones. There are plenty facts and anecdotes but very few real insites in to Ferguson or what really goes on behind the scenes. This was as biographies go very dry and one dimensional. Could have been called a history of Man United 1986 - 2013. It could do with alot more personality and insight in to who Alex really is. I would say after reading I know nothing I didnt already know about the club or ferguson.

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  • Vik
  • 11-09-17

Fantastic book.

A great listen for any football fan. Listen into the mind of the greatest manager ever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-17

Great Insight from the greatest manager

As a United fans, this is a great insight from the great manager to ever managed the game.

Each chapter chronicling a certain aspects such as specific season, players and era. Relationships between players and staff are explained in details.

Good to hear the story from Alex Ferguson POV.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-22

Brilliant Listen

As someone totally unfamiliar with the game of football it’s no barrier to going on an epic journey and learning about the mighty Manchester United and their formidable manager a man who with his team left one hell of a legacy. Bloody brilliant book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-21

Insperational Leadership

Sir Alex's story was by far the most inspirational book I have read, looking through the lens on leadership and man management. Loads to be able to relate to. Thanks for the memory's

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-29-21

perfect

as someone with hatred towards utd, it was still an amazing book with a great insight into the greatest manager the game has ever seen.

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  • David Newman
  • 02-16-21

A Manager Of The Times

I always hated Fergy when he was an active manager. As you do when someone is at the top of their game. It’s why I don’t mind going back over it all in retrospect. You want to learn how the best tick and this was a great insight into the workings of a football manager he never took a step backwards in coming forward.

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  • Stephen
  • 10-13-20

Awesome insight into players and transfers etc.

The best parts of this book are the specific stories of transfers that did or didn't happen, as well as hearing about the different characters of certain United players and an insight into Sir Alex's thoughts about them and their relationships. The book seems to jump from player to player in no specific order, which keeps things fresh, as you don't know where it is headed or what the next topic will be. All of the expected are mentioned i.e. Beckham, Cantona, Keane, Ronaldo etc. but it's fascinating to hear the stories of some of the forgotten or less talked about players like Anderson, Barthez, Saha, Bebe, to name a few. Though it also shares stories of Sir Alex's personal life, before and after football management. As well as his thoughts on the David Moyes appointment and how it went wrong. All in all it is a must read/listen for every United fan and beyond.

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  • Daniel
  • 06-13-19

Like Manchester United: You'll love it or dislike

Great material. Sped through it.
Felt a bit choppy at the end. Almost like they'd got an earlier version of the book and just crowbar red in a few new paragraphs. Some well written chapters. Some just feel like SAF with a dicta phone recording any thought that comes into his mind.
The narrator was good. Great voice, hearty Scottish accent though did make it seem like they'd brought in an actor to play SAF, which gave a weird aura of a day time TV movie biopic.
Overall though a recommendatiom for anyone that likes football and can stomach Manchester United.

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  • Vishal
  • 03-08-19

Great manager

Great manager. I have a lot of respect for Sir Alex Ferguson for what he achieved in Football. I think the book was a bit too superficial and I don’t think it really touched the depths of management in Football that you would expect from a manager of his status.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-17

captivating

absolutely loved the story line great insight to an amazing manger and the behind the scenes antics

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