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""BROWN OUT"": The Biography of West Ham Chairmen, Terence Brown Hardcover – 8 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: PENNANT PUBLISHING LTD; SPORT edition (8 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906015112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906015114
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,000,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Scull on 6 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've just finished the book and I have to say how underwhelmed and cheated I feel..

The entire book is a Terry Brown puff piece without question. You'll struggle to find a single criticism of the man- who's track record UNDOUBTEDLY leads ample room for critic. For a book called 'Brown Out' to be so 'pro' the subject to which it seeks to objectively analyse smacks of farce.

The prose is both inconsistent, oxymoronic and blatantly biased; the text is strewn with examples of this.

Belton will criticize the Bond scheme but somehow liberate Brown of any blame- then close the chapter in question by saying its invention was the act of a `classy... and slick entrepreneur'. He criticizes its invention but marvels at Brown's capitalist ideologies. Here's a criticism- Arsenal's board invested in their own bond scheme, Terry Brown didn't. Mug off in that regard.

Belton is overly and brutally critical of Redknapp, Pardew and to a lesser extent Bonds, yet somehow concludes with more a less a list of all their accomplishments under the proviso of `all Brown achieved in his time as Chairman' at the conclusion. I just don't understand how Belton could have done this- I found this conclusion to the `Brown homage book' even more of a slap in the face as a reader. If Redknapp was so useless why did Brown keep him for as long as he did. If Pardew was ill-prepared for management why did Brown appoint him and refuse to sack him? If Redknapp was such a spendthrift why did Brown continue to sign the cheques? (Redknapp is even accused of selling Lampard in one bile-filled chapter, this as everyone knows, he did not).
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