This book deserves to be better known. It is well-written, while being very much a fan's book, and looks at Scotland's experience in the round. Essentially, it asks why the best ever Scotland side failed to progress at the World Cup, and comes up with sensible answers: notably, poor team selection and match preparation. Sadly, one cannot avoid the conclusion that a better manager than Ally MacLeod could have given Scotland a better chance.
The author manages to get candid accounts from just about all the players (Jordan and Dalglish refused to be interviewed), and from journalists and fans, which is perhaps the most interesting part of the book. The players who were interviewed come across, to me, as decent blokes who were proud to play, many of whom have never really gotten over the disappointment.
As an Englishman who was cheering for Scotland in '78 I came away from the book with admiration for the author, for writing such a revealing account.