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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sportsbooks (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899807802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899807802
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An engrossing book.....That Peter May should write such an accomplished first book is pretty much on par with scoring a century on your Test debut."
--Peter Wilson, Sports Journalists' Association, 9 November 2009

Distasteful, unpleasant and a stain on cricket's reputation as the tours were, it's absolutely right that Peter May's book ensures they are not forgotten ... a book which is fascinating, well-written and an essential addition to cricketing literature.
Giles Richards --The Observer, November 22, 2009

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Peter May is a writer for Cricket365.com and Football365.com. He has written previously for SportingLife.com and the Observer Sport Monthly.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carl C on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly engaging, well-researched and intelligently written account of a fascinating time in both cricket, and world sport in general. It balances a superb attention to detail in the actual cricketing accounts, with an excellent survey of the moral and political issues at stake, and is always ready with a sharp turn of phrase.
Sport and politics have always been intertwined, and this book captures that brilliantly, consistently skewering the hypocrisies of the affair and laying bare the rhetoric and hyperbole.
While it seems the rebels themselves are more than a little reluctant to engage properly with what happened, there are some telling first-hand contributions from the South African side of things too, which are a great addition to the book. All in all, a thoroughly entertaining and informative read, on an issue that, despite its contemporary relevance to events in Zimbabwe and China, has been swept under the carpet somewhat. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Highly informative and entertaining account of something I had an awareness of but no real understanding or detail, something which became even clearer once I had read cover to cover. Peter May manages to provide the detail and the stats in a witty, intelligent style without compromising, allowing the story to be told without resorting to lecturing - a clever approach which left this reader at times shocked by the detail. Would recommend this to all lovers of not just cricket but sport as a whole, as the themes discussed resonant far and wide
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KRISHNA JAGA on 28 Nov. 2009
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An excellent long overdue book on all the Rebel tours of South Africa in the 80's which gave the Springbok greats esp Pollock , Rice et al an audience to display their wares .

while in the 80's Chris Harte covered the Aus tours and Brian Crowley the WI - there never was a comprehensive book thus far.

The author has taken pains to consult available autobiography's and relevant books and speak to a lot of protagonists and includes many of the behind the scenes details hitherto unknown . He also covers all the 7 tours and includes score cards of all the "tests" - some sort of averages would also have been helpful.

Also the author could have consulted 3 of Brian Crowley's books - Cricket Exiles 1983 , Calypso Cavaliers/Whirlwind ( WI rebel tour of SA 1983/84 ) which has plenty of details and tidbits on the twin WI tours .

The absence of any photographs in the book is the only huge disappointment .

Nevertheless i will give it 5 stars for the depth of coverage and also for covering a critical era missed by any authors . While not in the same class as the other seminal work by Gideon Haigh on the Cricket War -an imp addition to the cricket bibliophile library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Albert Camus on 21 Dec. 2010
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This could have been a great read if the players concerned had collaborated. It needs a first hand witness, either contrite or defiant. It's not the author's fault they wouldn't co-operate, but this is slightly disappointing. Very thorough but not always that engaging.
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