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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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  • Vik
  • 09-11-2017

Fantastic book.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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captivating

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

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a good listen. great performance

great insights but still bears grudges which grates by the end. a good view of key parts of leadership.

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  • J. MacDonald
  • 19-11-2013

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
  • 11-02-2016

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
  • 17-11-2017

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
  • 21-07-2016

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
  • 30-06-2016

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
  • 26-06-2016

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
  • 04-05-2016

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
  • 07-03-2015

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
  • 14-12-2013

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
  • 06-06-2021

A must for the Man Utd fans

I am a Man Utd fan and grew up watching these teams play on TV from the late 90's until AF retirement in 2013. Brought back a lot of good memories of the joys and disappointments we experienced as supporters. From a football management perspective it was very insightful.

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  • AD
  • 30-01-2014

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
  • 30-05-2014

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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  • Mark William Dale
  • 16-08-2017

Simply awesome

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

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  • JohnF
  • 29-10-2020

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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  • Philip Brett
  • 11-12-2018

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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  • Amazin89
  • 30-07-2017

insightful

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

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  • Connor Morson
  • 22-06-2017

Great book

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

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  • Michael
  • 04-04-2017

poorly written nothing new in the book...

narrator voice very boring and the book repeats itself on numerous occasions and poorly written.

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  • Liam
  • 12-03-2014

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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  • Ehsan
  • 11-11-2013

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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