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An Independent Man

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The highs and lows of a life in the fast lane are explored in this examination of legendary racer Eddie Jordan's career. Eddie Jordan funded his first move into motor sport by selling smoked salmona remarkable achievement on a comparatively small budget. The following year was even better. But sadly this was to be the peak, as the search for more finance and legal battles ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published May 16th 2007 by Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
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Jul 01, 2014 Jonesy_laaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to a very close friend of mine who is also a big Formula One fan like myself, I have been looking forward to reading this book and recalling and hopefully learning more about Eddie's time as a team owner in the sport in his own words.

The narrative style that is adopted throughout the novel is very comfortable, friendly and it feels that your having a honest and humble conversation with the man himself.

The autobiography starts with his journey into becoming a racing driver and the hardshi
Jan 30, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: formula-1, biography
Eddie Jordan has done a lot in his life and befriended a vast number of people along the way. While motor racing forms a large part of this tale, he doesn't neglect his other interests, namely golf, music and his charity work.
Jan 03, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, motorsport
Eddie Jordan doesn't pull any punches here, and it was very refreshing to see how things are for the smaller teams in F1.

A typical comment being along the lines of "How do you make a small fortune in F1? Simple. Start out with a large one."

I always admired the team's spirit and it was a real eye-opener at times - some of his conclusions at the end of the book really struck a chord with me.

All in all, a really good read for the F1 fan, and a book that will take pride of place in my collection.
Aug 23, 2013 Nackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into the world of F1 as it used to be before the big manufacturers started dedicating what should happen. EJ is a great story teller and that's what makes this book so easy to read. he comes across as an eejit, but he has his head screwed on alright. well worth the read if you're into F1
Aug 14, 2011 Allieandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually 387 pages, not 312. Enjoyed reading this autobiography, the only things that niggled was the overuse of 'nonetheless' and 'nevertheless', but that's just me being picky.
Adrian Thomson
My overriding memory of this book is that there is a page which has Donington race circuit spelt both as "Donington" and "Donnington".
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Edmund Patrick "Eddie" Jordan is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman, entrepreneur, musician and mentor. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He was the lead analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC from 2009 to 2015.
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