The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, the America's Cup, Twice (Updated)

By Julian Guthrie
Expanded to include the behind-the-scenes story of the 34th America s Cup and Team USA s incredible comeback
Down eight-to-one in the 34th America s Cup in September 2013, Oracle Team USA pulled off a comeback for the ages, with eight straight wins against Emirates Team New Zealand. Julian Guthrie s "The Billionaire and the Mechanic" tells the incredible story of how a car mechanic and one of the world s richest men teamed up to win the world s greatest race. With a lengthy new section on the 34th America s Cup, Guthrie also shows how they did it again.
The America s Cup, first awarded in 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sports. In 2000, Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation, decided to run for the prize and found an unlikely partner in Norbert Bajurin, a car mechanic and Commodore of the blue-collar Golden Gate Yacht Club. After unsuccessful runs for the Cup in 2003 and 2007, they won for the first time in 2010. With unparalleled access to Ellison and his team, Guthrie takes readers inside the building process of these astonishing boats and the lives of the athletes who race them and throws readers into exhilarating races from Australia to Valencia."


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"[An] excellent book ... The story of Mr. Ellison's decade-long effort to win the Cup and bring it back to the U.S. under Golden Gate's flag is worth telling, and Julian Guthrie, a reporter for the "San Francisco Chronicle," tells it well."--"Wall Street Journal" "Splendid ... Guthrie crisply sketches the complex process that was required for Ellison to establish his own position in the top ranks of yachting and organize the winning team in 2010. A thriller of a tale and a worthy scene-setter for this summer's trophy defense in San Francisco Bay."--"Kirkus Reviews" ""The Billionaire and the Mechanic" opens with a thrilling scene as old as Homer's 'Odyssey' and as iconic as ones from Conrad, Melville, Hemingway and Sebastian Junger a man battling a dangerously stormy sea. That the sailor, Larry Ellison, is one of our contemporary captains of industry, the swashbuckling billionaire of the title ... only heightens the drama. ... "[The Billionaire and the Mechanic]" succeeds as a lively primer, history, and up-to-date soap opera, full of local color, leading up to the America's Cup races in San Francisco Bay."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "Julian Guthrie's riveting book takes readers deep into uncharted realms, from the extremes of the ocean to the sublime connection between two singular men. "The Billionaire and The Mechanic" is a wondrously detailed story, beautifully told, by a writer who understands both the intricacies of human nature and the immensity of the natural world."--Susan Casey, author of "The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean" "Surely the most comprehensive book ever written about an America's Cup challenge, "The Billionaire and The Mechanic" will surely be must reading for any yacht-racing aficionado."--Frank Deford "From the opening scene in this book--and scene is the appropriate word for its cinematic beginning--the reader is swept along on heart-thumping rides on swift, dueling sailboats
A "Forbes" Best Book of the Year "[An] excellent book. . . . The story of Mr. Ellison's decade-long effort to win the Cup and bring it back to the U.S. under Golden Gate's flag is worth telling, and Julian Guthrie, a reporter for the "San Francisco Chronicle," tells it well." --"Wall Street Journal" "Splendid . . . Guthrie crisply sketches the complex process that was required for Ellison to establish his own position in the top ranks of yachting and organize the winning team in 2010. A thriller of a tale and a worthy scene-setter for this summer's trophy defense in San Francisco Bay." --"Kirkus Reviews" ""The Billionaire and the Mechanic" opens with a thrilling scene as old as Homer's 'Odyssey' and as iconic as ones from Conrad, Melville, Hemingway and Sebastian Junger: a man battling a dangerously stormy sea. That the sailor, Larry Ellison, is one of our contemporary captains of industry, the swashbuckling billionaire of the title ... only heightens the drama. . . . "[The Billionaire and the Mechanic]" succeeds as a lively primer, history, and up-to-date soap opera, full of local color, leading up to the America's Cup races in San Francisco Bay." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Julian Guthrie's riveting book takes readers deep into uncharted realms, from the extremes of the ocean to the sublime connection between two singular men. "The Billionaire and The Mechanic" is a wondrously detailed story, beautifully told, by a writer who understands both the intricacies of human nature and the immensity of the natural world." --Susan Casey, author of "The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean" "Surely the most comprehensive book ever written about an America's Cup challenge, "The Billionaire and The Mechanic" will surely be must reading for any yacht-racing aficionado." --Frank Deford "From the opening scene in this book--and scene is the appropriate word for its cinematic beginning--the reade



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Publisher Grove Press
Publish date 04/01/2014
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