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Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman, Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy
Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman, Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy
by Ben Macintyre
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book, 30 April 2007
This is the most entertaining book about the 2nd World War I have ever read. Real "Boys Own" stuff that would be dismissed as fanciful if it was fiction. For instance, while trying to find passage on a ship to Portugal accompanied by two M15 minders, he slips his lease, finds the ship, returns to the hotel his minders are staying at, gets a prostitute up to their room, gains access, orders the most expensive meal on room service, and pockets one of his minders gold tie clip, all in the name of King and Country.


Overcoming [DVD]
Overcoming [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bjarne Riis
Price: £13.47

50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful veiw of a unique team, 7 May 2006
This review is from: Overcoming [DVD] (DVD)
The story of CSC's season, focusing mostly on last year's Tour. Although it got of to a confusing start, cutting early season training with later footage messily, overall it was a fantastic film. You get a real sense of the workings of one of the most interestingly run cycle teams. There are many highlights, from Carlos Sastre's reluctance to abandon his traditional training methods for Riis' "scientific" training, to the real emotion of Basso hearing the news of his mother's cancer diagnosis. You also see the inside story of Jens Voight being labeled a traitor by German fans for chasing down Ullrich.

A real tour de force for cycling fans - I was glad I'd thrown a sickie the day this popped through my letterbox.

The Extras are worth seeing too.


Man on the Run: The Life and Death of Marco Pantani
Man on the Run: The Life and Death of Marco Pantani
by Manuela Ronchi
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 15 April 2006
As a cycling fan, I found parts of this books interesting, but other parts frustrating. The author was obviously close to Pantani, and wrote engagingly with passion and verve about him. However, from what she wrote, the most important parts of half of the title of the book (the Death of Marco Pantani) she was excluded from. She was unable to give an insight into the drug addled mind that lead to his death. The secret life of this athlete who struggle agaist cocaine addiction remains as secret to me as he kept it from the author. However, as Pantani's manager, the author knew all about his business dealings. I wish she'd written two biographies, a sporting one and a business one, because the intricacies of Marco Pantani's business dealings were dull, dull, dull.


Ooh Aah Stantona
Ooh Aah Stantona
by Phil Stant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed, 15 April 2006
This review is from: Ooh Aah Stantona (Hardcover)
Having read many appallingly written (is "appallingly" a word?) autobiographies of top class players and managers (Cloughie, Bobby Robson, Pele), it was a surprise to read an autobiography of a lower division player who not only eschewed a ghost writer (are you listening Rooney?), but actually writes an entertaining, moving and well written account.

Although I only bought it on the back of his time with Cardiff City, the tales he tells of his time growing up, serving his country, representing his clubs (and beating up team mates and opponents) are well written in a very straight forward, honest and entertaining way. He admits his own failings and cock ups, and lets you into the life of a journeyman footballer in a way I've never seen before.

Obviously this book will appeal mostly to fans of the (many) clubs Stanty played for, but it's well worth the entry fee, and is one of the best football books I've read. Made me proud to be a fan of the club that started the "Who needs Cantona? We've got Stantona" chant.


The Rider
The Rider
by Tim Krabbe
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 5 Nov 2005
This review is from: The Rider (Paperback)
An excellent novel, rooted with cycling anecdotes that lend a reality to the story. Felt like you were in the race there. Drew me in so I felt as if I was watching, and built up to the final dash for the line, like watching a real race. Excellent.


French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France
French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France
by Tim Moore
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 5 Nov 2005
This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. I laughed out loud several times. The bloke's a nutter.


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