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Premier League: A History in 10 Matches [Hardcover]

Jim White
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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26 Sep 2013

For all the accusations of greed levelled at its well-remunerated players, and the gripe that it is dominated by an elite of wealthy clubs, the Premier League has proved a huge success in footballing and commercial terms since its inaugural season of 1992-3. It has transformed the violent terrace culture of the 1970s and 1980s into sophisticated sporting theatre, a twenty-first century Circus Maximus in which an international cast of footballing gladiators strut their skills before vast crowds in gleaming stadia - and a global audience of billions.

Jim White has chosen ten epic clashes to represent the rise and rise of English football's top flight. He evokes the sweat and effort of the matches in thrilling detail, and uses them as a prism through which to view every strand of the premiership's development: he profiles players, managers and owners; charts the ebb and flow of club fortunes in footballing and fiscal terms; and brings to life the turning-points and moments of drama, joy and despair that have punctuated the first 21 years of global football's most watched league.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781854300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781854303
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It's all fascinating with White exceptional at evoking the passion of the 10 matches' Four Four Two.

'Cleverly done ... writing of the highest quality ... a superb book' The Bookbag.

About the Author

Jim White has written for the Independent, the Guardian and the Telegraph. He is the author of MANCHESTER UNITED THE BIOGRAPHY and YOU'LL WIN NOTHING WITH KIDS.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The biggest game in town 30 Oct 2013
If the title makes you think it's just ten match reports, think again. What you get is something like ten little novels, building into one trillion-pound, slightly deranged narrative packed with incident, atmosphere and insight. White has seen it all at close quarters and takes us to places others can't. He is very good on the blood and thunder of the games and the rough and tumble of the politics. What makes this book so good is its vividness and White is astute - it's not his fault he's a Manchester United supporter (well maybe it is) but he rises above it. He does pulsating justice to the Aguerooooooooo moment and Manchester City's sensational triumph in 2012; the Premier league's presiding geniuses - Ferguson, Wenger and Mourinho - come to life on the page, warts and all; the self-destructive madness of Leeds and Portsmouth are captured and Peter Ridsdale and the other demolitionists properly brought to book. All this and much more, to the sound of millions of fans screaming in adulation and agony. This is the Premier League in 400 pages. Champion stuff
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile 6 April 2014
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Well written and as described in the foreward,some games that you'd not really have expected there.If you have followed the league a bit since it started then worth the effort to read.At 51p I couldn't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any football fan 27 Mar 2014
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Not only is Jim White explaining the reason why the matches he has chosen are important, he has importantly put them into context.

The book is filled with little snippets of information about the club's concerned that I was not previously aware of.
Each match is put into its wider historical context rather than just the season they occurred in.

I was lucky enough to pick this up for 99p, but would have happily paid the cover price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Matthews Prem History Review 11 Mar 2014
I loved this book as it had all the information I wanted to know about the history of the Premier League in precise detail. I would definitely recommend it. The 10 matches were described succinctly and tactfully & I found I could relate to all the information written in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Premier league's greatest hits 4 Mar 2014
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Well researched and full of background detail,I really enjoyed this an avid football fan I knew I would love it and I was right.I remembered all the games featured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Mar 2014
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An excellent nostalgic account that reminds you how football has changed so much since 1992. It's not just about the big clubs. Highly recommended.
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