- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Other (May 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753519550
- ISBN-13: 978-0753519554
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 540 g
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1.664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Losing My Virginity by Sir Richard Branson - Paperback Paperback – 7 May 2009
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About the Author
Sir Richard Branson is a global entrepreneur, adventurer and founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. He is the international bestselling author of seven books, including the classic Losing My Virginity and the new autobiography Finding My Virginity. He lives on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, is married to Joan, father to Holly and Sam and proud grand-dude to four grandchildren.
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Not only did it give great insight into the personal details, metuculously recounted, of each adventure, but was also an impressive insight into the inner workings of the way he sees things and how he sets about planning and taking action on them. This is the kind of autobiography you hope and dream of finding. If you are a fan of the man (legend), or of entrepreneurship, or even of economics, this book, written superbly and with excitement, will be for you. If you are questioning whether or not to read it, I dare you to download a sample and try it. I'll hedge my bets you'll be drawn in as well.
I really like how the book was set up. Each chapter a time frame in Branson's life and what happened within those months/years. I didn't know much about Branson's life or all the many businesses that Virgin operated. I am a bigger Branson fan now.
One thing I didn't like about the book, was the additional chapters. While the content was good, they seemed to just be thrown on at the end. There wasn't any structure to them. Each of the additional chapters took about 1.5 hours to read while other chapters in book ranged from 10 to 30 minutes. Would have been nice to have more structure for these additional chapters.
Part of the appeal of this autobiography is that many of us remember the events he describes and due to Bransons high profile in the mass media, it is almost as though we embarked on his adventures with him. Anyone who lived in the UK in the late 80’s will remember his balloon flights, his clash with BA over their “dirty tricks” campaign, and his regular TV appearances. He was not only a darling of the popular media, but to quite some degree, producing and steering popular culture from behind the scenes- discovering and promoting many of the biggest names in pop music.
Being essentially a nouveau riche interloper, he also represented the mindset of the average Briton in the 80’s and 90’s: secular, humanist, materialistic yet idealistic, with a rather rosy and naïve schoolboy-ish view of the world outside Englands borders. He is fashionably hip, not only a joint-smoking product of the 60’s but of a liberal upbringing. Politically he is very left-wing, e.g., speaks of islamic countries in glowing terms, sucks up to foreign dictators (Gaddafi), identifies with the Blair government. He name-drops left, right and center, with a wealth of anecdotes of the rich and famous, from his friend Diana Princess of Wales to his early days rubbing shoulders with the Stones and Mike Oldfield. While he projects a very English type of humility, there is also something slightly cringe-worthy and arrogant in the way he brags about his sexual exploits, deceives the police, steals other peoples girlfriends, or has affairs. But once again, all this very normal of common and widespread English culture of the day.