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Howzat!: Kerry Packer and the Great Cricket War [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Lee
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CRICKET IS GOING TO GET REVOLUTIONISED WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO TO STOP ME. NOT A GODDAMN THING.' KERRY PACKER England, Summer 1975. The Australian cricket team, visiting for an Ashes series, fields players who will become legends of the game: Ian Chappell, Rodney Marsh, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson. It is the pinnacle of the game of cricket -- the two oldest enemies going head to head. But cricket is about to undergo a revolution, and the Establishment about to get hit for six. This thrilling book by the writer of the acclaimed TV mini-series tells the story of World Series Cricket and the Australian billionaire Kerry Packer, who signed up the world's greatest players and set up a parallel universe of cricket. Set in an era when moustaches were big and shirts tight, it's a high-stakes, fast-moving story of money and power, elite sportsmen, courtroom drama and a broadcasting revolution. It is also, at its heart, a tale of love for the game.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, HIGHLY recommended 13 July 2013
Bought this title to coincide with the current BBC4 drama about Packer and i wasnt disappointed. A compulsive read. Not a total cricket book as such more a cricket political thriller with how the plot was hatched right through to the 1979 settlement. Cricket fans and people interested in the politics of sport please read this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but missing a vital part 30 July 2014
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I can remember the WSC happening and wanted to know what happened behind the scenes. The book certainly does that without getting boring or bogged down in technicalities, and it certainly doesn't try to gloss over Packer's unpleasant personality who comes across as loud and bullying.

The reason for setting up WSC was Packer's bid for the tv rights to Test cricket was turned down in spite of being 7 times higher than ABC's (the Aussie BBC). WSC gave Packer 315 hours of cricket to broadcast in competition to ABC's Test coverage but the battle for tv viewers, how large audiences were or who won the ratings battle aren't mentioned. Attendance at games, especially the lack of it in year one, is a recurring theme but as the raisin d'être was tv rights, their omission leaves a hole in the story.
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As said above, the book is an informative and easy to read overview of the clash between Packer and the established cricket authorities that changed the modern game - thankfully! He is a bit of a bully but the cricket authorities were dinosaurs and treated the players badly. Had Packer lost, cricket would still have been playing catch up. This made me watch the TV min-series which was a good watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 17 Jan. 2014
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Apart from one or two careless factual errors (e.g. Lenny Pascoe was not a wicket keeper), this is a fast moving and predominantly balanced account of one of the most important watersheds in world cricket. I particularly liked the characterisation, especially of Packer himself, whose personality and character shine through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, readable account 25 Oct. 2013
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The Packer 'Revolution' changed cricket (& perhaps sport) for ever - Christopher Lee explains why in a very readable, well documented and engrossing way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Man 1 Oct. 2013
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Few grab the opportunity to change the world, even if only a small part of it. Packer did, and mostly for the good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight 29 Sept. 2013
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This book gave a very interesting insight into whole Kerry Packer affair. and how it rocked establishment cricket. A good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 Sept. 2013
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Brings to life the Pakker story. Is an entertaining walk throgh of the clash between the traditionalists and modernisers - with the cricket just being incidental to the story.
Paints an evocative picture of the period, and will appeal to anyone who remembers the events and the central, legendary cricketing characters
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