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No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone

No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone

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By (author) Tom Bower

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 32mm | 596g
  • Publication date: 24 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571269354
  • ISBN 13: 9780571269358
  • Edition statement: Export - Airside ed
  • Sales rank: 78,760

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Private, mysterious and some say sinister, 79 year-old Bernie Ecclestone criss-crosses the globe in his private jet mixing with celebrities, statesmen and sporting heroes. Ecclestone's success has not just been to create a multi-billion pound global business but to resist repeated attempts to snatch the glittering prize from his control. Ecclestone has never before revealed how he graduated from selling second-hand cars in London's notorious Warren Street to become the major player he is today. He has finally decided to reveal his secrets: the deals, the marriages, the disasters and the successes on race tracks, in Downing Street, in casinos, on yachts and in the air. Surprisingly, he is telling his life's story to Tom Bower, described by Ecclestone as 'The Undertaker' - the man who buries reputations - and has given him access to all his friends and enemies. All have been told by Ecclestone, 'Tell him the truth, good or bad.' The result is a unique story of a simple, driven man who unlike shady tycoons offers an intriguing insight into the sport, business and, above all, the human spirit. 'I'll accept your facilities,' Bower told Ecclestone, 'but if I find evidence of wrongdoing or hear any criticism, it will all be published.' After a brief moment, Ecclestone replied, 'Tom, I'm no angel.'

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Tom Bower has a distinguished reputation as an investigative historian, broadcaster and journalist. He has written biographies of Robert Maxwell, Mohomad Fayed, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson and Conrad Black, among others. His books about the Nazis include Blind Eye to Murder and the definitive biography of Klaus Barbie. Broken Dreams, his investigation into corruption in English football, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in 2003. His latest book was The Squeeze: Oil, Money and Greed in the 21st Century.