Book recommendations from Sir Alex Ferguson

Posted on 26th August 2015 by Jonathan O'Brien
Sir Alex Ferguson shares with us four of his favourite books

We're obviously huge believers in the fact that you can learn anything from books so it's no surprise that Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the most successful football managers in history, is also an avid reader.

We asked him for some of the books he's been enjoying recently. While we can't promise you that reading them will tell you the benefits of playing Rooney in the traditional number 10 role, we're fairly sure that they will at least give you some idea of how the great man's mind works.

Of course, there's a potentially quicker way to gain an insight with one of our signed copies of Sir Alex's new book, Leading, published September 22nd.

You can find his reading selection both below and in the video above.

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson

McPherson recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War including the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. From there it moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself - the battles, the strategic maneuvering by each side, the politics, and the personalities.


Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency. When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: "Team of Rivals". 


The Years of Lyndon B. Johnson by Robert Caro

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. Revealed in extraordinary detail is the genesis of that almost superhuman drive, energy and ambition which set LBJ apart.


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The children's classic about the triumph of good Jim Hawkins over the evil Long John Silver whose interest lies only in the spending of money on players therefore overinflating the value and ruining football for everyone.


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