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Thierry Henry: Lonely at the Top
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
Philippe Auclair's book on Thierry Henry is far removed from the usual banal chronological flattery that is the usual footballer biography. Auclair's thorough and deep research into Henry's past explains, not always in complimentary or sycophantic terms, the behaviour of a rather unusual and prodigal footballer. His childhood, his over bearing father and successes and mistakes in his career all compile into a brilliant and complex portrait of one of the world's leading sportsmen.

For those with an interest in football and Arsenal in particular, this book will be revealing and very interesting regardless of how much you think you know about Henry's career already.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
It's surprising nobody has written a proper biography, as opposed to a cut and paste job, of Henry before and Auclair's effort is so comprehensive it's difficult to see how it can be bettered.
Henry is not a straightforward hero and Auclair examines his relationships with his father and the likes of Zidane and Raymond Dommenech to explain why.
Henry's lack of leadership during the South Africa World Cup campaign comes in for unsparing criticism, but the book ends on a high with his cameo for Arsenal in 2012. This book makes an excellent companion to Arsenal - The French Connection: How the Arsenal Became L'Arsenal which profiles Henry and the equally fascinating background stories of Arsenal's other French players.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2014
I must declare first of all that I am not an Arsenal fan, but I have read a few books about some of their players-Tony Adams, Kenny Samson etc., and a biography of Arsene Wenger who I greatly admire as a person and a cerebral football manager. This biography was not 'a kiss and tell' book, it was written by an educated and thoughtful journalist-yes they do still exist!!!- The book covers Henry's life from the estates of Paris to the 24 hour world of New York. It was an enjoyable read, though at times I did become rather bogged down in certain details.
Henry certainly had great footballing skills which were seen at their pinnacle when he was a member of the Arsenal football club, somehow everything before and after seemed like an also ran.
This is a book Arsenal fans will greatly enjoy, and also the general football supporter who enjoys his football biography with detail, thought and comment rather than a blow-by- blow account of every game and breakdown of the opposition through someone's illustrious career.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2012
A wonderful insight into a hero so many of us, especially gunners fans, adore. Learning a lot about Titi that was never uncovered before. Couldn't put it down. A must read for Arsenal fans, a must read for French football followers; in truth, a strong reccomendation to any football fan. Well done Phillip Auclair, who I also advise you follow on Twitter. #brilliantjob
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on 10 December 2013
A really magnificent piece of work from Philippe Auclair. He chronicles Henry's life right from the beginning, without dragging on the early life parts (like so many biographies do). The oft omitted Real Madrid saga is a really interesting chapter, and Auclair does a great job in telling the story and keeping the reader engaged throughout. One slightly odd bit is the obsession with talking about the Champions League Semi-Final against Chelsea in the Invincibles Season, but other than a really excellent book that goes through both the good and bad of Henry and lets the reader make the decision about the man.
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on 19 March 2013
Being an Arsenal, and Henry fan, you could say I am biased, and I am. But, I would also say that previous to reading this I wouldn't have wanted to read a book written someone like myself. I want an open, honest account of someone who has made it to the top of their profession, warts and all.

This book is written extremely well, is engrossing and I was surprised at how many names I recognised spanning Henry's time in football from childhood to his twilight years.

Hard to put down. I recommended this highly, even towards people who aren't necessarily Henry fans..
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on 24 June 2015
I was fortunate enough to be a spectator at virtually all of the home games played by Henry during his time at Arsenal.He was certainly the finest player in the 60 plus years I have been watching Arsenal.Whilst the book does cover this period reasonably it is intertwined with the rather numbing discussion of the political machinations of the French National side.I found much of this book to be extremely turgid and very heavy going.I skipped quite a few pages.I have to add that I don't think that the author really gets to the heart of why Henry left Arsenal in 2007
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on 7 November 2014
The book is full of material, good work, about football from the time henry joined to 2010 world cup. Maybe the title would have been "the game and thierry henry".
why 3 stars? Too much of details, it is at time difficult to keep the reading.
The insight about the 2010 france world cup, the history, politics, racism... is not a bad thing. If for frenchis, Titi was forgotten with that world cup, in england Thierry henry is still a great deal and this book tells us nothing about the real man!!
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on 8 December 2013
As a long time Arsenal fan and Thierry Henry adorer, I was never going to let this book pass me by, and neither should you. If you are a fan of Arsenal, the premier league or football in general, this is a fantastic account of the professional life of a true great of the game. It tells a tale from youth to the height of the profession, it provides informative insight into the man, and what it can be like at times when you are at the pinnacle.
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on 25 January 2013
Those who watched Thierry Henry at Arsenal will already know plenty of the famous man's career at the top. However, in 'Lonely At The Top', Auclair has really done his research into the great man's past. From growing up with an overbearing father, to his early days in the small clubs to his ill-fated move to Juventus - Auclair tells the story of arguably one of the greatest and misunderstood footballers of the modern era.
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