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TV has transformed football beyond all recognition but, according to investigative biographer and historian Tom Bower, where there's brass there's muck. Broken Dreams is Bower's controversial account of how some of the sport's most high-profile managers and chairmen have been getting their snouts in the trough at the expense of their clubs and the game.
Focussing on the likes of Terry Venables, Brian Clough, Ken Bates and Harry Redknapp--and a huge cast of FA officials, club bigwigs and super-agents--Bower draws together threads from existing sources, with newly acquired information from over 200 interviews, weaving a compelling tale of vanity, greed and corruption at the heart of the football establishment.
Bower argues that the increasingly uneven struggle between the regulatory body, the FA, and the bullies of the gold-rush frontier, the Premier League chairmen, is at the heart of football's problem--the failure of the former to respond to the mounting evidence of dodgy dealing and corruption, and the ruthless efficiency with which the latter have exercised their financial clout. The result is a free rein for the murkier ambitions of some of the most publicly respected individuals in the game today.
It's hard to believe that the general thrust of Bower's account will come as a shock to anyone who's followed the sport over the last 20 years--though if nothing else he completely destroys the shrewd wheeler-dealer image of former West Ham boss Redknapp. What Bower brilliantly succeeds in doing is applying a forensic rigour to the task of sifting the facts from a mound of rumour and conjecture, and doing so fearlessly. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A devastating book, an indictment of football that all fans should read and understand' -- The Times
'All fans should read this expose of football's financial secrets . . . a devastating book' -- Observer
'An astonishing job of investigation . . . At times he even seems to know what goes on in people's bank accounts' -- Daily Telegraph
'You really must read Broken Dreams. Tom Bower exposes the ineptitude, complacency, corruption and greed that permeate the game' -- Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
If you think today's game is about football you need to read this - but be aware that your dreams will be surely brokenPublished 5 months ago by Brian D. Makepeace
A friend said to me: "If you think The Secret Footballer was shocking, you should Read Broken Dreams". And so I did. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Asger T
An informative review, full of little nuggets that show how shockingly some of the big beasts behave. Bower (p. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by Mick N
The author exposes a lot of the financial shenanigans that are sadly prevalent in football.
He is very good writer and most of the research seems top notch. Read more
Football in England has changed a lot since the advent of the premiership. And the amount of money that has flowed into the game since has left the rich getting richer and the poor... Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2010 by Paul Tapner
I received the book I orderd very quickly and was very pleased with the quality of the book.
I would have no problem recommending this service. Read more
As a football fan it is good to read what has happened to our Beautiful Game. We all knew it was going on, the chapters on Venables and Redknapp are libellous if they're not true. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2010 by kaz tyda
Bower's detailed and articulate account of how football is governed and who makes the important decisions should frighten football fans everwhere. Read morePublished on 20 April 2006 by R Hernandez
Bower's book reveals football to be full of overweening egos, prissy little men who think themselves big because they can bluster better than others, bullies and cheats. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2004 by Barton Keyes