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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845965698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845965693
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shindler is an ardent City fan, and his inside knowledge of the club gives the words he puts into his characters' mouths a ring of truth" (Book of the Week Independent on Sunday)

"A damned good read . . . compelling stuff" (Daily Telegraph)

"Highly readable and passionately told . . . Shindler constructs a diligently composed collage [and] knows his subject inside out" (The Observer)

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A fictionalised account of the eventful story of Malcolm Allison and Joe Mercer's brief but glorious partnership

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. durose-rayner on 28 Mar. 2012
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A few years ago all the press were talking up "The Damned United".
The Worst of Friends: The Betrayal of Joe Mercer is a ten times better read. A fantastic book full of facts, humour and sadness.
I bought it along with a few other books to take on holiday. As soon as I got back I was trawling the internet for an insight on Malcolm Allison. Growing up in the 1970's I though Allison was just a flamboyant manager who spent a lot of money - I never realised that he was a superb coach and years ahead of his time. Like Clough with Taylor, Allison needed Mercer to keep his feet on the ground. A truly great read.
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Clearly a labour of love and incredibly well researched using a network of superb contacts to get first hand accounts. It will be of particular interest to Manchester City fans – especially those who don’t subscribe to the views of Shindler’s Allison who says: “Football wasn’t a game played in the past except by middle-aged supporters nostalgic for faded glories. It was about the next match, the next half-hour, the next goal.”
Despite its merits, however, this book suffers from being torn between being a novel and being reportage. Shindler does not have Peace’s skill as a story-teller nor his craft as a novelist. As a result this cannot compare to The Damned United. Over-long and inexpert in places.
Full review at: http://stevek1889.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/football-fiction.html
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By Paul Newby on 24 Jun. 2011
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For all of us who can remember smiling Joe Mercer, this book is recommended. The book is humourous and factual and offers a light hearted look into two very different characters manageing a club as huge as Manchester City in decline against their bitter rivals united. The book offers an insight which may or may not have happened but with these two characters at the helm everything is believeable. The book was an amazon bargain, just a few pounds, but what a great read it was. Very hard to put down when started, and one for all football fans regardless of who you support.
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