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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (30 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670920584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670920587
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers an enlightening, enriching experience. It is based on a formidable range of sources, personal observation and a pleasingly sardonic turn of phrase. Not all football writers know their stuff, let alone the socio-economic context, but Goldblatt does. Altogether this is an exceptional book (David Kynaston Guardian)

Brilliantly incisive. Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been. Goldblatt's book could hardly be more impressive (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

Not just the best soccer book in many years but an exemplary account of the changing character of British society in the post-Thatcher era (David Runciman Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

David Goldblatt is the author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football (Penguin, 2007), the definitive historical account of the world's game, and of Futebol Nation (Penguin, 2014), a highly acclaimed footballing history of Brazil. For a number of years he wrote a sports column in Prospect magazine and has made a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and for the World Service, including ones on football in Jerusalem and the politics of the game in Kenya. He has also taught the sociology of sport at the University of Bristol, at De Montfort University, Leicester, and at Pitzer College, Los Angeles. He lives in Bristol.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By juan_for_the_money on 6 Nov. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Fans of David Goldblatt's other books will know what to expect from this one - thick, with great, entertaining and sweeping ideas and the forensic detail and insight which nails the argument. For those of us who have grown up with the Premier League revolution, Gazza's tears and the hollowing out of community football (RIP the Goldstone Ground), this will resonate. Much has been written already about fan 'ownership' of clubs, and Goldblatt's swoop around the UK grounds in the first couple of chapters, from the mighty to the fallen is a piece de resistance. For me though the most entertaining and enlightening chapter, where you can feel smell the sheepskin, and feel your fingers on the dodgy fabric of the sharp suits, documents the rise of the welcomed-in wreckers - the developers who flash the cash, and then flog the ground to Tescos. Awful local tragedies going on all over the country where the ground shifts under the feet of fans, teams and communities as the money bleeds out. And the FA! how did they manage to become both so incompetent and prostrate to the Premier League. Great book, great stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Wise on 12 Nov. 2014
Format: Hardcover
GO back to the early 80s and football in Britain was at a low ebb. Stadiums were scrapyards, urine-soaked animal pens, cauldrons of aggression, deathtraps or at least accidents waiting to happen. Inevitably gates declined, along with clubs and standards.
Nowadays, football is cutting edge, global big business, the grounds are tidy and filling and order reigns on and off the pitch. It seems that money is flowing like a mighty river. That’s good, no? But what has it cost the fans, or the country, or indeed the game itself. And is all as it seems?
Goldblatt argues the toss, pointing out the precarious reality for most clubs, the knife edge they live on and how many have fallen off in the past 20 years. He also talks of how crowds have changed, from the cloth capped diehards to the Boden-clad hoorays who are the only ones who can afford season tickets these days. And how lower leagues are affected.
This is the best pub talker of a book for years.
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By G. L. Haggett VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
There have been a number of worthy books written about football and its place in our social and historical context over the recent years. This takes a similar tack, but benefits greatly from the depth of research and knowledge behind it and the clear interest of the author in the subject he is treating.

While I may not always share Goldblatt's views and conclusions, his thoughts make for an inspiring, challenging, but ultimately very readable book. b
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david smythe on 22 Jan. 2015
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Great book
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