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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (30 July 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0091960150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091960155
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Maarten Meijer spent his childhood years in the small town of
Zeist in the Netherlands. After completing his school education,
he traveled extensively, from Ireland to Turkey, from Finland to
Spain. When Europe became a little small, he sailed a yacht across
the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. After touring the Caribbean
islands, he landed in the USA. He enrolled at the State University
of New York, receiving a bachelor's degree in science and a master's
degree in philosophy. In 1982, he met his wife Myra, a New York
City native.
In 1991, a taste for new adventure drove the family, which by
then included a daughter and a son, to Russia. Maarten taught
philosophy in Moscow, and again traveled widely, from Riga and
the Crimea in the west to Lake Baikal and Vladivostok in the east.
He received his Ph.D. in Russian literature from Moscow State
University, writing a dissertation on an old favorite, Leo Tolstoy. In
Russia, the family befriended Russian Koreans and Korean natives
and developed a taste for kimchi and Korean hospitality.
This ultimately inspired a move to Korea in 2000. Maarten
taught English at a Seoul university for several years. He is fluent in
English, German, Russian, Dutch, and knows survival-French and
Korean. He is the author of What's So Good about Korea, Maarten?
(Korea, 2005), Guus Hiddink - Going Dutch (Australia, 2006), Dick
Advocaat - de grote droom van de Kleine Generaal (Netherlands,
2009), Education War (Korea, 2009), and Guus Hiddink - portret
van een supercoach (Netherlands, 2010). From March 2006, he has
taught philosophy and ethics at a private international school in the
Korean mountains, while continuing his activities as an author, a
football commentator, and a social critic.
Maarten and Myra have a daughter and three sons. The second
son was born in Moscow; the third in Seoul.

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Compelling… Lifts the lid on the Dutchman they call the Iron Tulip

" (Daily Mail)

"Meticulously studied… Offers more insight into his fellow countryman’s thinking" (Manchester Evening News)

"Bulges with fascinating Van Gaal insight. While reading, you can’t help but once again be drawn to the man" (Johan Derksen Voetbal International)

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The first definitive insider biography of the new Manchester United manager

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colin G. on 31 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book on an excellent manager. Ignore the clown above who obviously hates united.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Janssen on 31 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
though I'm not a footbal fan, the book is highly recommendable as a biography, and I love Maarten Meijers writing style!
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First disclaimer I am not a Manchester Utd fan. I wanted to know about Van Gaals persona, and whether he is as disagreeable as people who have worked under. For me, a wonderful coach of footballers especially the understanding of the youth structure. Possibly was born five to ten years too late to see how football should accept his views. He is more shankly than mourn oh. Good read
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When a team goes through the world cup without being defeated (except for penalty kicks!) and still doesn't make the final but plays as a cooperative team more than all of the teams, you have to look more closely at the coach. Here he is, in this special book, that doesn't pull its punches but also gives credit where it is due!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By velimira on 1 Aug 2014
Format: Hardcover
It is a good book even if you are not crazy about footbol
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Huxley on 13 Aug 2014
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As a Man Utd fan I was keen to gain a deeper insight into our new manager and I jumped at the first opportunity to read a book about the new boss. It was clear after around a third of the book that the author had capitalised on the opportunity of providing such a book for people like me.

In fairness the book provides a fairly detailed history about LVG and highlighted his playing career well, something I was not aware of. The writing is of a good standard and you rarely get the impression that you are reading the work of somebody writing outside of their mother tongue.

However, the whole project struck me as quite lazy and has been done for quick financial gain/recognition. There are less than 40 pages on his hugely successful stint at Ajax, 11 pages on his three seasons at Barcelona (which I'm sure were not without incident) yet there are over 60 pages written about his stay at Bayern Munich which lasted less than two years. For some reason he has also planted a 5 page chapter entitled 'Van Gaal and God' which looks to give us an indication of his level of religiosity without actually concluding either way. I may be wrong but it appeared as if a religious man was trying to ensure that we were reminded that religion should be seen as a hugely important factor in an individual's personality and therefore decided to wedge such a pointless chapter into his book. After all I didn't see a chapter on his political views or any of his other lifestyle choices which could be seen as equally important or inane, depending on your point of view, as an indicator of his make-up.

It smacked of a lack of research with only a smattering of interviews carried out for the purposes of the book.
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By Linda. Bailey on 8 Sep 2014
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I bought this book for my husband.He has enjoyed the book very much.Highly recommend to amy one.Louis Van Gaal is an extremley forthright person.Jolly good read
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Great insight to the managerial life of LGV. I look forward to the follow up after he has finished the restoration project at united.
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