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

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A Forbes Best Book of the Year

The Americas 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 Guthries 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 Bertarellis 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.

Review:

"A rich man's vanity is lionized in this hagiographic yacht-racing saga. Journalist Guthrie (The Grace of Everyday Saints) recounts Oracle founder Larry Ellison's quest to win the America's cup, an effort that climaxed in a 2010 victory with a high-tech, million, rigid-sailed trimaran so fast that it left the competition in the spray. When the author sticks to boats and races her account is absorbing — there's drama in these powerful, fragile vessels and among the even more highly-strung New Zealanders who crew them for other nations' teams. Unfortunately, Guthrie's focus is too often on Ellison and his swanky digs, Zen posturings — 'He listened to the wind rustling the bamboo... for a welcome moment, he felt safe' — and vacuous drive to win, which egotistical navel-gazing she mistakes for philosophy. The eponymous 'mechanic' is Norbert Bajurin, an auto-repair-shop owner who helmed San Francisco's downscale Golden Gate Yacht Club, which Ellison essentially hired to front his Cup bids; absurdly, Guthrie styles Bajurin, whose only role is to applaud from the sidelines, as the billionaire's working-class soul mate. Guthrie's incessant fawning over a plutocrat's pretensions steal the wind from the narrative's sails. Agent: Joe Veltre, Gersh Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Praise for Julian Guthries The Grace of Everyday Saints

“Meticulous reporting and graceful writing.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Inspiring.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“A dramatic David vs. Goliath account of a church under siege by its own power structure. … Guthries exhaustive research and interviews with more than 75 parishoners delve below the surface, and allow her to paint a striking portrait of their struggle and strength. … Engaging proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Gripping.”—Publishers Weekly

“A gem of a book.”—Ken Auletta

“Moving and eloquent.”—James Carroll

“Vivid [and] compassionate.”—T.J. Stiles

About the 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802121356
Author:
Guthrie, Julian
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Sailing
Subject:
Nautical-Sailing
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A rich man's vanity is lionized in this hagiographic yacht-racing saga. Journalist Guthrie (The Grace of Everyday Saints) recounts Oracle founder Larry Ellison's quest to win the America's cup, an effort that climaxed in a 2010 victory with a high-tech, million, rigid-sailed trimaran so fast that it left the competition in the spray. When the author sticks to boats and races her account is absorbing — there's drama in these powerful, fragile vessels and among the even more highly-strung New Zealanders who crew them for other nations' teams. Unfortunately, Guthrie's focus is too often on Ellison and his swanky digs, Zen posturings — 'He listened to the wind rustling the bamboo... for a welcome moment, he felt safe' — and vacuous drive to win, which egotistical navel-gazing she mistakes for philosophy. The eponymous 'mechanic' is Norbert Bajurin, an auto-repair-shop owner who helmed San Francisco's downscale Golden Gate Yacht Club, which Ellison essentially hired to front his Cup bids; absurdly, Guthrie styles Bajurin, whose only role is to applaud from the sidelines, as the billionaire's working-class soul mate. Guthrie's incessant fawning over a plutocrat's pretensions steal the wind from the narrative's sails. Agent: Joe Veltre, Gersh Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Praise for Julian Guthries The Grace of Everyday Saints

“Meticulous reporting and graceful writing.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Inspiring.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“A dramatic David vs. Goliath account of a church under siege by its own power structure. … Guthries exhaustive research and interviews with more than 75 parishoners delve below the surface, and allow her to paint a striking portrait of their struggle and strength. … Engaging proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Gripping.”—Publishers Weekly

“A gem of a book.”—Ken Auletta

“Moving and eloquent.”—James Carroll

“Vivid [and] compassionate.”—T.J. Stiles

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