Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson was born in 1941 in Govan, Scotland. A goal-scoring centre-forward, he was later transferred to Rangers, the club he supported from boyhood, for a Scottish record fee of £65,000. Entering management in 1974, he served East Stirlingshire and St Mirren before guiding Aberdeen to victory in the 1982-83 Cup Winners' Cup. Arriving at Manchester United in 1986, he brought them 38 trophies, including the Club World Cup, two Champions Leagues, 13 Premier Leagues and five FA Cups. His overall haul of 49 trophies made him the most successful British manager of all time.
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Leading

By Alex Ferguson, Michael Moritz

What does it take to lead a team to world-class success over a sustained period of time?

Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders who truly knows. In his 38 years in management, Sir Alex won an astonishing 49 trophies and helped grow Manchester United into one of the biggest commercial brands in the world.

In this inspirational and straight-talking new book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career.

LEADING is structured around the key skills that Sir Alex values most highly. It includes subjects we immediately associate with his managerial style: Discipline, Control, Teamwork and Motivation. But it also addresses subjects that are less obvious but no less important when seeking success: Delegation, Data Analysis and Dealing with Failure.

Written with the investor Sir Michael Moritz, a longstanding friend of Sir Alex, LEADING is packed with insight, wisdom, humour and honesty. The individual stories inevitably concern themselves with football, and the phenomenal success that came along the way, but the lessons can be applied by anyone. Whether you run a business, teach in a classroom, or work in a small team, LEADING will help you become a better leader.

An inspirational book about leadership from the most successful British football manager of all time.

Sir Alex Ferguson was born in 1941 in Govan, Scotland. A goal-scoring centre-forward, he was later transferred to Rangers for a Scottish record transfer fee. In 1974, he entered management with East Stirlingshire and St Mirren before joining Aberdeen, where consistent domestic success, followed by victory in the 1983 Cup Winners' Cup over Real Madrid, brought him wider attention.

Arriving at Manchester United in 1986, he went on to accumulate 38 trophies, including five FA Cups, 13 Premier Leagues and two Champions Leagues. He was knighted in 1999, following Manchester United's remarkable Treble campaign, and his overall haul of 49 trophies makes him the most successful British manager of all time.

Sir Alex announced his retirement in 2013, but he continues to serve United as a director and is a Fellow to the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.



Sir Michael Moritz was born in Cardiff, studied at Oxford and became a journalist at Time magazine in the US in the late 1970s. It was during this period that he met the young Steve Jobs and wrote the first book about Apple, The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer. Moritz co-authored a second business book, Going for Broke: The Chrysler Story, and in 1986 joined Sequoia Capital, in Silicon Valley, California.

Sequoia Capital's close alliances with young founders have been transformed into companies now worth nearly $1.5 trillion - the most of any private investment firm in the world. These include the first investments in companies such as Apple and Cisco and, more recently, YouTube, Airbnb, Dropbox and WhatsApp. Michael Moritz has been a member of the Board of Directors of Google, Yahoo!, PayPal and LinkedIn.

In 2012 he became chairman of Sequoia Capital and was knighted in 2013. His family's philanthropic work includes Europe's largest scholarship programme for low income university students. The son of refugees from Nazi Germany, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Harriet Heyman.

Alex Ferguson's last book, My Autobiography, caused a huge media storm and was the fastest selling non-fiction book since records began, selling 115,457 copies in the first 3 days of publication.Leading is the perfect book for anyone looking to understand more about the psychology of management at a high level, and how the experience of top level sport can have lessons in the workplace.Sir Alex Ferguson is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football.Sir Michael Moritz is one of the most successful businessmen in the world today. Moritz has invested in some of the most successful technology companies of the last 30 years, including Apple and Cisco, YouTube, AirBnB, Dropbox and WhatsApp.
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ALEX FERGUSON My Autobiography

By 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.

My Goodness, this is fascinating.His book is really a piece of oral history, and his life is a conduit to a time when a working-class man of talent could, not by the magical alchemy of elite education or the stardust of celebrity, but by a lifetime of hard work and hard thinking, rise to the very top and, flaws aside, remain true to the best of the world he came from.The celebratory, revealing, inspiring and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British football.Raised in the tough Govan district of Glasgow, where his father was a shipyard worker, Alex Ferguson started his own working life as an apprentice toolmaker. He went on to play for Queen's Park and five other professional football clubs including the idols of his boyhood, Rangers. Needless to say he was known as a hard and awkward opponent on the field as well as off it. Intelligent and quick-witted, Alex Ferguson followed his father's lead as a deeply committed socialist.The bestselling book of 2014 - over a million copies sold to date.Updated for 2014 with new material covering the last year in Sir Alex's life.Hardback publication was the centre of a huge media frenzy.Foreign language rights have been sold to a record-breaking 36 territories.Managing seismic change with superstar players, new owners and the growth of Manchester United as a global sporting power.Building a new Champions League side around Ronaldo and Rooney.The farewells to Roy Keane and David Beckham.Passions and interests outside the game.The psychology of management.Losing the title to Manchester City and fighting back to regain the crown 12 months later.The great rivalries with Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and City.The hardback was the fastest selling non-fiction book since records began.
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Managing My Life: My Autobiography

By Alex Ferguson

This book is about the beginning of Sir Alex's football career, until the year 2000.

1999 was an outstanding year for Alex Ferguson - not only did he lead Manchester United, the most glamorous club in the world, to a unique and outstanding treble triumph, but he was awarded the highest honour for his sporting achievements; a Knighthood from the Queen. Universally respected for his tough, but caring managerial style, Ferguson is an unusually intelligent man with a fascinating life story. Covering his tough Govan upbringing through to his playing days and onto his shift into management, Managing My Life is told with the fine balance of biting controversy and human sensitivity which made it such an unprecedented success in hardback. Alex Ferguson is a legend in his lifetime.

The best football autobiography I have ever readThe richest and most enthralling story in post-war British sportDanielle Steele meets Geoffrey Archer, with a Booker Prize quality injected by Hugh McIlvanneyA treatFerguson emerges from this account as a genuine national hero, one of the great Scots of the 20th centuryProvocative, stimulating, emotional and honestBorn in Glasgow in 1941, Sir Alex Ferguson was playing football at an international level as a school boy. He began his professional playing career in 1958 with Queen's Park. Four times winner of Manager of the Year, he has been the manager of Manchester United for thirteen years during a time when they have become the most successful and richest club in the world.Fully revised and updatedMANAGING MY LIFE has been a no. 1 bestseller and is a sales phenomenon - selling over 500,000 copies in hardback.Explains his relationship with Martin Edwards, and provides insights into his relationships with stars such as Jock Stein, Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan and Gordon StrachanVast international appeal - there are over 300 Manchester United fan Clubs - one in nearly every country in the worldAlex Ferguson worked closely with his co-writer - former Journalist of the Year and Sunday Times football writer, Hugh McIlvanneyThe British Book Awards' Book of the Year for 1999A personal view of the difficulties and pleasures of managing some of football's biggest superstars - including David Beckham, and Eric Cantona
Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography

Signed Special Edition

We are excited to announce the Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography Special Signed Edition! This limited edition is signed by Alex Ferguson, has a leather binding, gold gilt page edges, and comes in a leather, gold-foiled box. Follow the link for details on how to order.

Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography