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David Beckham: My Side: My Side - The Autobiography
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on 20 January 2014
Great read , found out a lot of interesting feelings , emotions and truths about him. Would recommend to a friend if you're a fan.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
After a number of reviews that seemed to stray from the path a little, I figured I'd give facts. The truth is, Beckham has written what is an excellent story of his. And it really is his life - not just his football career, and I think thats what makes the book so enjoyable. People see Beckham as a footballer, a style icon. But as he writes, he explains the highs and lows of his life, on AND off the pitch. From growing up playing Lego with his friends, to having a devoted father who kept his love of the game strong, Beckham has such an lovely writing style thats not only descriptive, but is easy to read.

Photographs accompany the book in about 5 different sections that match with the timescale which is a nice touch. My favourite section his story see's his first experiences with Victoria - how he first met her, how nervous he felt, and how they eventually hooked up. Its a pleasure to read as, young I am, I've learnt alot from such a down-to-earth and genuine person. People may slag him off, saying he's not the player he used to be, or that he's more concerned with his fame. Indeed - he puts his family before his career - as was a motive for leaving Manchester United. But deep down, this a story of someone who not only loves his football, but is a true family man who cares about the people around. Instead of a book crammed full of football results, his day-to-day lifestyle, which is far more satisfying than a heartless autobiography, is described in a nice writing style.

10/10 for such a nice read, and a lovely ending!
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on 22 March 2015
My husband accidentally left it behind on a plane so I had to get a replacement for him
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This could have been so much more and is not the warts and all book that was promised.
Becks comes over as a good guy and a good example of a family man, but what is missing is marketing of Beckham the Icon. We know he is a great footballer and does provide a good example of family values, but there is so little mention of branding him as an image, contract negotiations and so on, for a man with so much money, he does not like talking about it! His views at critical times are also missing: for example he talks about Cantona as a great player and influence, but no mention about his feelings and opinions when Cantona left the club.
This is no better then an okay book, it is not a page turner and you learn little about Beckham that you did not already know. A little dull at times you do sometimes wonder if this is actually a reflection of the man as well, a great footballer but not a great communicator.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2003
A very interesting book with some great memories from the beckham adventure which we've lived through really, there are some moments that we didn't know about from the last five years which is rather surprising considering he hasn't been out the papers since 1998.
The last 20 odd pages is all about his crumbling relationship with Manchester united boss sir Alex Ferguson, you feel how beckham is hurt and how he finds it hard to deal with the situation in hand. The boot incident is there in full and is rather surprising when you read it 'I went for the gaffer' beckham actually went for him and tells us how fergie treated him like dirt. You get the sense his winging because so many players keep stum but not becks he has come out and gave us the full story, which i think is good really and a pleasant suprise.
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21 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2003
I'm a big fan of David Beckham but I found this book rather disapointing, he said this would be his proper autobiography, it wasn't like any autobiographys I like to read. It was more like a football facts book, he went into extreme detail about the matches he played in yet barely any detail about his private life (which is, of course, what alot of people like to read about). I don't think he looked into the purpose or audience the book would serve, I was expecting it to go into detail about his private life and less about life on the football pitch, which is what we could know by watching any port-match interveiw.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2004
I really enjoyed this book, I read every word until I got about halfway through and realised that his personal life was more interesting to me than reading about every goal in every football match, so then I just read those sections. I think it is very well written, and would recommend it to both sports fans and gossip-mag readers!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2009
I have been a supporter of Manchester United all my 45+ years and all players to have pulled on the Red Shirt have my backing. Even when David left for Real Madrid and subsequent move to America, I had a lot of respect for his honesty, good humor and skill.

This book has changed my opinion of him. Having followed the events described in the book closely over the years, it is amazing how much is not written that is the sad part. The transition from a soccer playing nut, with adoring parents who sacrificed so much to ensure the dream for their boy was fulfilled, through to the egotistical, fame hunting sycophant he has become is very very sad.

The book reveals how much yes men around the Beckham Bubble are appreciated, nobody can say David is wrong and when examples are given around Alex Ferguson giving all players a hard time at least once a season (this is a comment from his best friend and best man) he goes into denial and it is all about him being singled out.

I admire his family man attitude but come on David don't try and kid the world what great parents you both are when for the price of a few dollars you'll drop the kids with your parents and travel to the back of beyond to feed your need for fame and the spotlight.

A true opinion changer for me, the nice lad who was a good footballer who turned into a self centered/self obsessed glory chaser is the kindest description I can now give him
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2010
This book is well written and provides a great insight into headlines and matches that most people will still remember but from the perspective of the player right at the forefront of the action. It is an enjoyable and educative read. Recommended
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2010
It delves into the mind of one of the world's most iconic and greatest football players.
There's not much to say, other than you get to know the real David.
A definite must-buy for both Beckham fans, and fans of general biography-reading.
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