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The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry…

The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic…

by Julian Guthrie

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In diesem Buch wird beschrieben, wie Oracle Team USA im Jahr 2013 den Americas’s Cup gewann und was dazu geführt hat.
Das Buch hat mich vor allem aus technischer Sicht interessiert. Es schildert, welche Entwicklungen vom Einrumpfboot zum Katamaran geführt haben. Das empfand ich als faszinierend und ich staunte über die Geschwindigkeiten, welche mit diesen hochgezüchteten Booten erreicht werden konnten. Dass sich die beiden Rümpfe bei hoher Geschwindigkeit vollständig aus dem Wasser erheben, hat mich als Laien enorm erstaunt!
Auf der anderen Seite bekommt man auch Einblicke in das Privatleben des Oracle-Mitbegründers und CEOs Larry Ellison. Das hat mich zwar weniger interessiert, war aber auch lesenswert.
Das Buch ist einseitig geschrieben, so kommt Ernesto Bertarelli mit seinem Alinghi-Team ziemlich schlecht weg. Mir kam es beinahe etwas vor wie Gute gegen Böse, wobei Larry Ellison der Gute und Ernesto Bertarelli der Böse ist. Da müsste man wohl beide Seiten kennen.
Segeln in dieser Liga ist faszinierend, aber ganz klar der Sport von Geld- und Machtmenschen. Das ist für mich die klare Botschaft dieses Buchs. ( )
  Asfaloth | Jul 4, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802121357, Hardcover)

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.

With new television coverage and huge media, the America’s Cup is poised to be bigger than ever, and The Billionaire and the Mechanic is a must-read for anyone interested in the race or this remarkable story.

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Details the partnership between Larry Ellison, billionaire CEO of Oracle Corrporation, and blue-collar mechanic Norbert Bajurin, offering a glimpse into their runs for the America's Cup and the design and building of these boats.

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