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Cross Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year

For almost 50 years, Max Mosley has been involved in motor racing, having seen the sport at all levels: as a driver, a team owner (with March) and, between 1993 and 2009, as president of the FIA, motor sport's governing body. In partnership wih Bernie Ecclestone, he helped transform Formula One into a multi-billion-pound global brand. Now, in this fascinating and revealing memoir, Mosley gives a compelling insight into the sport and its most influential figures and biggest stars – it is a book that no fan of Formula One can afford not to read.

But Mosley's story goes far beyond motor sport, as his life and career have taken him through an extraordinary range of experiences, from being brought up as the son of Oswald and Diana Mosley, who were interned during the war, and having to deal with the taint of the family name; through his vital campaigns for road safety that have helped to save many thousands of lives; and on to the recent intrusions into his private life that led to a famous court case against the Murdoch press.

It is a book that sheds new light on events from Formula One through to Ecclestone's controversial donation of a million pounds to the Labour party. It is packed with behind-the-scenes gossip, vital business tips and some hilarious stories.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14746 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (18 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

An Amazing Read

 on 22 July 2015
By gloverman
For those even remotely involved or interested in Motor Sport, this Autobiography turns out to be a totally accurate account of an amazingly interesting life, which pulls no punches, and clearly has been compiled from pages of notes and diaries which he has meticulously kept. However in no way is it written in a biased manner , other folks views are clearly recorded, even though for a time he was President of FIA, the most powerful figure in World Motor Sport

Overall liked it very much but you do have to be a BIG Formula 1 fan.

 on 11 December 2015
By Stephen Hill
I think that this could have been two, slightly smaller books. One dealing with F1 and the other dealing with his unpleasant encounter with the News of the World.

Quite well written, interspersed with one or two entertaining anecdotes.

 on 17 January 2016
By Alan. J. Reynolds
Quite well written this is an autobiography that makes for interesting reading, although Mosley dwells at far to great a length on his legal dispute with the News of the World. While the case might matter greatly to Mosley, it does occupy more pages than is necessary for the average reader, who, like myself principally buys this book for Max’s revelations of the power struggles amongst the upper reaches of motor racing’s principal players. In this respect the book doesn’t disappoint with accounts of backroom dealings and complex interlocking contracts of quite bizarre proportions that would confound a Medici ruler. Interspersed are one or two entertaining anecdotes, I was bemused by Max’s account of James Hunt offering him a line of cocaine. A good autobiography only spoilt by a little too much self-congratulation and too much focus on the News of the World affair.

Its more fun in the Philippines

 on 31 January 2017
By Amazon Customer
Max is clearly one of a kind.I enjoyed his story, including his courageous defence of his right to the odd spot of S&M. (Absolutely, why not? It is an expected outcome of a British life of privilege. Otherwise all us working class folks get all the fall out, as in cannon fodder for the endless ‘necessary’ wars. I digress, Max doesn’t deserve to get pulled into the elite control of the masses debate.) Max puts together a good yarn, his interactions with Bernie Ecclestone are very interesting and his fight for domestic vehicle safety laudable, if a bit boring in the telling, though I 100% agree with keeping the F! drivers as safe as possible. Max’s holy war with the Murdoch press more than makes up for any flat spot. As a footnote, I write this from the Phillipines where 4 people riding one motorbike with no helmets, all talking on mobile phones is standard fare. I love it and the last thing I would do here is wear a helmet. On my head be it! Its more fun in the Philippines.

Essential reading for F1 fans

 on 2 August 2015
By James McDonald
Fascinating insights in to F1 over the years, then the News of The World episode that could have been a book on its own. Knocked off a star as I would have liked more photographs and because it really should be 2 books, each going in to the subject in more detail.

A fascinating and enjoyable book.

 on 9 October 2015
By Amazon Customer
This is a fascinating book and enjoyable to read. Whilst it gives a great insight into the intriguing world of Formula 1 as it evolved into what we see today, the book also covers Max Mosley’s contribution to road car safety and ongoing battle with the press over privacy. The twists and turns in the book certainly kept me captivated!

Super read

 on 22 October 2016
By Amazon Customer
An excellent read. I was particularly interested in Max Mosley’s time as a young member of his father Sir Oswald Mosley’s post-war political party – Union Movement (UM), and Max was election agent for UM candidate, Walter Hesketh (top English athlete and long distance runner) in the Moss Side by-election in 1961. Max also defended Sir Oswald when he was attacked by ‘anti-fascists’ at a UM meeting in Dalston. Also of interest was Max’s successful campaign for improved motor racing safety, which has saved many lives, and of course his legal victory over the disgraceful obsolete News of the World rag.
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