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Clough's War [Hardcover]

Don Shaw
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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7 May 2009
"Clough's War" is the story of his epic ascent and decline at Derby County, a club he took in a few short years from nowhere to the top English football and teetering on greatness in Europe, before the whole dream came tumbling down in the national spotlight with his acrimonious resignation in 1973. It is the story of his rise to national fame, his almost messianic adoration at Derby and his jealous political tussle with the chairman Sam Longson and the ultimate fall of Clough's unchecked power. Award-winning script writer and lifelong Rams fan Don Shaw, was the man who, at Clough's behest, ran the campaign to keep Clough at Derby and who found himself almost in the spotlight as much as the great man himself. It is a tale dramatized with all the power of Greek tragedy and the Machiavellian intrigue of "All The President's Men", while shedding new light on the Clough legend like no other book before it.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009192863X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091928636
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before writing Don was a teacher, a manager of a grand prix racing team and a cadet at Sandhurst. He began writing full-time in 1968 and soon became one of Britain's top television writers, with credits including Z-Cars, Dangerfield and Van der Valk. His Wingate trilogy of plays and Bomber Harris both won BAFTAs. Don is the author of The Hike and he has also written a number of film screenplays. Don led the 'Keep Brian Clough at Derby' campaign in 1973 and is still a regular guest on BBC Radio Derby. He divides his time between London and Derby.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Damned damned damned 27 July 2009
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During his six years at the helm of Derby County, Brian Clough transformed the club from Second Division no-hopers into one of the strongest and most feared in Europe. Behind the scenes, however, all was not well. Clough's War documents the deterioration of the relationship between manager and employer - chairman Sam Longson in particular - as well as the fallout from Clough's bitter resignation in October 1973.

In his foreword, author Don Shaw (who instigated 'The Campaign' to have Clough reinstated, and was its nominal head) intimates that he has tried to somehow 'right the wrongs' of David Peace's The Damned Utd, the controversial 2006 novel which caused such deep upset to the late Clough's family.

Perceived wisdom is that The Damned Utd was a 'hatchet job', but beneath its unremittingly grim exterior it painted a warmer picture of its subject than the copious effing, blinding, drinking and smoking might suggest. Granted, Peace took creative liberties and blew up Clough's demons to grotesque and almost satirical proportions, but he never neglected to acknowledge that Clough was a ferociously driven and charismatic man, as well as a brilliant manager with a peerless ability to motivate and get the best out of players.

Even so, Clough's faults were often as manifest as his strengths. Shaw recognises this dichotomy, as well as the fact that the line between them was at times so fine as to make them almost indistinguishable. In so doing, he manages largely to avoid sentimentality and remain objective, but a surprisingly large proportion of Clough's War is devoted to events prior to The Campaign, and very little in Shaw's first-hand account comes as any great surprise or revelation. So Clough was vain, arrogant, paranoid and a control freak, was he?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Don Shaw's "Clough's War" is the best book I've ever read in terms of providing the real inside story of Clough & Taylor's magical six year spell at Derby County from 1967 - 1973.

The book is a thriller, a rollercoaster of a read. A compelling page turner, revealing the true genius of Brian Clough.

What makes the book so good is that it is not blinkered to Brian Clough's faults. It shows that Brian Clough's pride was as much a source of weakness for him as it was his strength. Secret meetings are revealed between the author and Brian Clough and the constant struggle that went on, in relation to figuring out how the mind of a genius works.

What Don Shaw has written does more than anything to bring back the 'People's Hero' to his adoring public.

The main story revolves around the actions of Brian Clough, his players and a group of people led by Don Shaw who tried their best to get Brian Clough back at Derby County.

A complex character is revealed, but one who always surprises you. Don Shaw has shown the great man as he really was, a man who always tried his best, a man with impeccable standards and values.

Read "Clough's War" and relive those traumatic days in 1973. You will not be disappointed.

Brian Clough may have lost his battle but in the end he won the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cloughs war 8 Feb 2014
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i found the book riveting did'nt wont to put it down,credit to Don Shaw for his excellent account of the going's on behind the scene at Derby County, Brian Clough was Derby County's best ever manager, and like us all had faults, but this did'nt stop him being a genius. i have read sam longson book so have both sides of the story.
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