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Bradman [Paperback]

Lord Charles Williams
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29 Mar 2001
BRADMAN is a masterly portrait of cricket's supreme batsman and Australia's greatest hero. Uniquely among biographers of Don Bradman, Charles Williams sets his subject's cricketing achievements within the context of a crucial period in the history of modern Australia, a time when, as the country felt her way towards something that the world would recognise as 'nationhood', Bradman became a focus for national aspirations, a figure of unique status. Brilliantly revealing the phenomenon of Bradman's cricketing genius and the tensions that genius created for the man, his family, team-mates and the game's administrators - Williams' story is as much about Australia as it is a great Australian

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (29 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349114757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349114750
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating (SUNDAY TIMES)

Magnificent (THE CRICKETER)

It would be stupid to say I enjoyed or agreed with every word, every sentence, and every nuance, but I honestly believe it is a splendid production (SIR DONALD BRADMAN)

Sir Donald Bradman was not just the best cricketer ever, but the best sportsman the world has seen (Simon Barnes, The TIMES)

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* Subtitled 'An Australian Hero', Charles Williams' masterly biography of the greatest cricketer of them all definitively sets Donald Bradman (1908-2001) in his historical context.

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TO BEAT THE ENGLISH TEAM WAS a special goal, far more satisfying in Australia than beating the New Zealanders or South Africans or whoever came here. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive story of a great Australian 6 April 2002
This fine biography by Lord Williams is a great attempt at placing Sir Donald Bradman within the context of Australian history.
From Bradman's upbringing in Bowral through to his exploits on the cricket field, Williams links his story to that of the nation, and the description of The Depression in the 1930s enables us to understand why Bradman was so important to Austarlia and beyond.
There have been many studies of the late Sir Donald Bradman, but this one is readable, and should appeal to people even beyond the boundary of cricket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Australian cricketing legend 8 Jun 2006
Bradman by Charles Williams is an excellent biography on Don Bradman, which is colorfully insighted. We learn a great about Don Bradman from various angles which include his early childhood, first class cricket career and his international career.

What a player Don Bradman proved to turn out? An average of 99.94, which is highest test career average and will be an impossible challenge for any modern day player to surpass. He was a hard hitting batman, gentleman, excellent captain and introverted character. He has established a legacy in cricketing sporting history and one of the true legends of Australian cricket. Can anyone match his genius? Only history will tell.

The biography is a very intersting and enjoyable read on this Australian cricket legend. If you have a passion for cricket and want to learn about the history of the game, read this biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Biog 26 Sep 2012
I actually picked up a copy of this when I was visiting Australia. As well as providing a fascinating insight into the man himself and giving some idea of just how great a batsman he must have been it also gives an indication as to his special place in the history of his nation. He is perhaps still the greatest hero that country has ever produced and maybe that will never change. It is also very well written and researched. Highly recommended and it provides an interesting counterpoint to Duncan Hmailton's recent book on Harold Larwood.
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