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Roy Keane
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  • Publisher: Penguin Books (7 Aug 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 014904948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0149049481
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 24 Nov 2003
By Bluefin
I thought Keane was a thug and when this book first came out I was determined NOT to read it. Then finally my curiosity got the better of me. Compelling, thoughtful, articulate...a riveting good read. It doesn't have the long descriptions of individual games which can make footballers' biographies so boring. I read it in one go. I'd recommend it even if you're only a little bit interested in Keane or Man Utd, or the Eire team. I still think Keane is OTT in the way he behaves on field, but I feel like I understand him better now and he is far from one dimensional. Hats off, 10/10.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keane is Brilliant 17 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Roy Keane goes about explaining the controversial events in his life brilliantly. From walking away from the humorous Irish Squad to his bouts with opposing sides, Keane shows his audience that he is just an everyday man who happens to have an exceptional talent. Roy's book is a fun and informative look into the character commonly known as "Keano." I highly recommend this text especially to those who are not Manchester United supporters, because it offers a well written and entertaining insight into the life of not just Roy Keane, but footballers in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stuff of True Leaders 21 July 2007
By Jay
You don't have to be Irish, A Man Utd fan or a beer drinker to appreciate the autobiography of a true leader. I'm neither of the above three and yet I found this book compelling reading. Several notable anecdotes including the famous Haaland and Saipan incidents but I will remember this book for a long time because of one popular quote;
"The only thing that goes with the flow is a dead fish."
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Meanace 5 Sep 2002
So it's finally here. After all the controversy, Roy's vitriolic tome has hit the shelves. Except that it isn't just Keano's vitriol we are subjected to. Eamonn Dunphy's trademark prose style, familiar to Irish readers, practically leaps off every page. The job of ghost writer must surely be to articulate the subject's thoughts in such a way so as to not notice the joins. Yet Dunphy constantly produces passages which could be mistaken for John B. Keane rather than his gladitorial compatriot. Witness Roy making no bones about his academic efforts (or lack of) at school yet being able to tell us that "What I do recall was a palpable sense of pessimism and apathy among the people Mayfield Community School purported to serve". Nice. His constant references to Mick McCarthy as "Captain Fantastic" (a sarcastic reference to the title of McCarthy's own autobiography of a decade ago) are pure Dunphy. All of this makes it impossible to believe you are getting an insight into just one mind.
All the infamous moments are here. The bust up in Saipan. The Haaland tackle. But the enigma that is Roy Keane is never satisfactorily explored. In fact, Keane seems just as baffled by it as anyone else. Other than trumpeting his unflappable desire to win at any cost he remains a frustrated, flawed genius. Despite being resigned to courting trouble every time he went out on the town in Manchester or Cork, he was always up for a session instead of being at home with his family. The guilt tortured him, yet we are never given any reason as to why he persisted.
Yet some good can come from this book. The shambles that is the FAI has finally been laid bare here for all to see. Keane and Dunphy may someday be hailed as the saviours of Irish Football. But Roy clearly has many other issues in his life to deal with. Whether the therapy of this project helps him to save what remains of his career remains to be seen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exploratory Autobiography 20 Dec 2005
Although this is an autobiography, this is also an exploration into what has made Roy Keane the player he is today.
Sadly one or two things have overshadowed the book but it does make for an interesting read, certainly the views on the Irish international side were thought provoking.
Keane has an immense talent and this leads us through his life and explains how he moved through a drink culture to being one of the top midfielders in the world.
Although shorter then I expected and much had already been put in the press, this is quite good insight into the player.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keane as you like ! 3 Sep 2002
Read it in one evening.
Frank, apparently honest, raw, disturbing, funny and informative. A complex man such as this should surely have just titled the book - volume 1.
The subtext of this book is that Keane is a very shy man living in a pressurised media bubble called Professional Football. A man of average football skill but with superlative football brain and a will to win that surpasses few other sporting greats.
Despite some of the shocking revelations and the distinct lack of remorse for some of the unsavoury acts of madness he has perpetrated - undoubtedly we will look back from many years hence and realise the greatness that he represents.
Noting Keane's recollection of events from Saipan and how McCarthy accused him of faking injury - what employee in a similar situation would not react the same way. We await the truth from McCarthy's diary - however the Saipan spat seems to have started all the recent turmoil.
The book is worth purchasing, even if just for the photographs on the cover. You can use it as a spur to your day - turn the font cover (serious pose) out for that day when you need encouragement for tough times ahead. And the back cover, turn the cheeky grin outwards on your bookshelf when you get back from that difficult day and tell yourself that the effort was worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great football book
Great football book, very honest and straight talking. The best autobiography that I have read.
Published 16 days ago by Simon
2.0 out of 5 stars A very boring man!
Have supported United for a very long time and always admired the man for his tenacity and commitment however it doesn't mean that his personality would show the same character, in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Ken Rowlands
4.0 out of 5 stars good
great read, can be a bit of a page turned in parts but also gets lost a bit along the way , all in all a very good read
Published 7 months ago by harolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Book
I had been looing for this book for some time and was very pleased to find it at a good price It is as good as new and was delivered quickly. The content is interesting too.
Published 7 months ago by J. J. Murphy
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
If you want to read about 50 padded out variations on the basic concepts

- The Ireland national team is rubbish and so is Jack Charlton and Mick McCarthy - I really... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Keane's second book
Brought this as i needed to replace the one i had. Due to someone very kindly letting me borrow the book. Unfortantly i spilt soup over it. Hence having to buy a new one. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by Daphne Joan Coggin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
I was always a fan of the swashbuckling midfielder Roy Keane, but having read the book, i am a much bigger fan. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Mr. G. A. Askwith
4.0 out of 5 stars psychotic, childish, pathetic but enjoyable....
whatever your memories of roy keane nobody can say that he wasn't one of the best, if not the best midfielder to grace the premiership. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Gcrikey
5.0 out of 5 stars A legend of a player in a great book.
Keane was an icon of the game, and this book is everything you would expect, a must read for any true football fan.
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Ben Rawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The book was a much desired xmas present and came promptly and in perfect condition as described by the seller. Very impressed with this as short notice for christmas.
Published on 6 Mar 2011 by Readaholic Jo
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