The Billionaire and the Mechanic by Julian Guthrie
How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, The America's Cup

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

The book will be a delight for anyone interested in sailing, high-stakes competition, advanced design, audacious goals, radiator repair, decision-making, psychology, leadership, philosophy, or any mix of those subjects.
-Forbes

Synopsis

A Forbes Best Book of the Year

The America’s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports, and one of the most hotly contested. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the coveted prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car radiator mechanic who had recently been named Commodore of the blue collar Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Julian Guthrie’s The Billionaire and the Mechanic tells the incredible story of the partnership between Larry and Norbert, their unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, and their victory in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the design and building process of these astonishing boats, and the management of the passionate athletes who race them. She traces the bitter rivalries between Oracle and their competitors, including Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s Team Alinghi, and throws readers into exhilarating races from Australia and New Zealand to Valencia, Spain.

The Billionaire and the Mechanic is a must-read for anyone interested in the race or this remarkable story.
 

About Julian Guthrie

See more books from this Author
Julian Guthrie is an award-winning journalist and staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith. She lives in San Francisco.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Grove Press. 434 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Billionaire and the Mechanic
All: 4 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on May 04 2013

A thriller of a tale and a worthy scene-setter for this summer's trophy defense in San Francisco Bay.

Read Full Review of The Billionaire and the Mecha... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on May 13 2013

Guthrie’s incessant fawning over a plutocrat’s pretensions steal the wind from the narrative’s sails.

Read Full Review of The Billionaire and the Mecha... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Angus Phillips on May 24 2013

"The Billionaire and the Mechanic" is a thorough recounting of the journey. It's easy reading and well constructed.

Read Full Review of The Billionaire and the Mecha... | See more reviews from WSJ online

Forbes

Good
Reviewed by Bob Evans on Jul 09 2013

The book will be a delight for anyone interested in sailing, high-stakes competition, advanced design, audacious goals, radiator repair, decision-making, psychology, leadership, philosophy, or any mix of those subjects.

Read Full Review of The Billionaire and the Mecha... | See more reviews from Forbes

Reader Rating for The Billionaire and the Mechanic
87%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 238 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×