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Thierry Henry [Kindle Edition]

Philippe Auclair
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thierry Henry - gifted, charismatic and a world class footballer of the highest order - has passed into Arsenal legend as the hero of Arsene Wenger's killer team that finally ended Manchester United's domination, winning two league titles and three FA cups. He was also instrumental in France's World Cup and European Cup glories in 1998 and 2000 and continued his incredibly successful career at Barcelona by winning the treble in his first season. But now in the autumn of his career, Thierry's crown has slipped - playing out his days in an obscure American team and disgracing himself and his team at a dismal World Cup 2010. So who is the real Thierry Henry? Drawing from countless interviews, as well as his own observations over Henry's entire career, award-winning author Philippe Auclair has produced the most complete portrait of the Arsenal hero ever to be written. With exclusive access to Henry's inner circle, Auclair has reached this most elusive and closed of footballers to produce a biography as raw, shocking and though-provoking as it is celebratory of Henry's outstanding flair and talent.


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‘The football book of the year’ Ian Herbert, Independent Thierry Henry – gifted, charismatic and a genuinely world-class footballer – has passed into Arsenal legend as the hero of a team that finally ended Manchester United’s dominance. But as he approached the autumn of his career, Thierry’s crown began to slip – from the infamous ‘Hand of Gaul’ incident to a dismal World Cup 2010 campaign. Suddenly, a player who Arsene Wenger once dubbed ‘the greatest striker ever’, a man who had spent his career at the very top of the game, began to learn how lonely such a position could be. Drawing from numerous interviews and impeccable sources, as well as his own observations over the course of Henry’s entire career, award-winning author Philippe Auclair has produced the most complete portrait of the Arsenal hero ever to be written. Clear-eyed, lyrical and passionately argued, Thierry Henry: Lonely at the Top is as raw, shocking and thought-provoking as it is celebratory of Henry’s outstanding flair and talent. ‘Superb . . . a thoroughly recommended read’ James Olley, Evening Standard ‘Illuminated by finely turned phrases and vivid insights’ Richard Williams, Guardian Sports Books of the Year

About the Author

Philippe Auclair has been France Football’s and RMC Radio’s UK correspondent for over a decade, and is a prolific freelance journalist on both sides of the Channel. In 2009 he wrote the critically acclaimed and prize-winning Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King. He is also a regular contributor to The Blizzard magazine, and a bestselling author in his native France. He lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1170 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230748392
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1 edition (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WSCVM6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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PHILIPPE AUCLAIR has been a correspondent with France Football for over a decade, and is a prolific freelance journalist on both sides of the Channel. He is also Radio Monte Carlo's main match commentator, and a bestselling author in his native France. He lives in London.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An illuminating and revealing biography 21 Nov. 2012
Format:Hardcover
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect 21 Nov. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REVEALING BIOGRAPHY OF THIERY HENRY 31 May 2014
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok 2 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really wanted to enjoy this but so much of the book is coloured by the writer's mistrust of Henry that I felt kinda robbed. That said it does cover important chapters of Henry's life and development as a footballer and is an easy read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. Struggling to get through this 28 Sept. 2014
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Disappointed. Struggling to get through this. Overly wordy - could easily have been pruned. Feels as if the author has been spurned by TH and this colours his view. Am an Arsenal fan but don't blindly idolise Henry and would like to see more real evidence for Auclair's slant. Perhaps the evidence will turn up later in the book - if I get much further.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding 29 Dec. 2012
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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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By Sue R
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I have to say that I was disappointed with this book. I expected to enjoy it more because I am a huge Thierry Henry fan and love Arsenal, but it was just a repetitious catalogue of his career and goals rather than giving anecdotes about Thierry as a person or stories from the Arsenal training ground. Robert Pires' book would absolutely knock it into fits, to be honest. The author gave the impression that he didn't even like Thierry at all. All in all, very disappointing, although I did read about three-quarters of it hoping it would improve, but it was too dull to finish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The title is misleading 7 Nov. 2014
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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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