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Engaging sweeping study of footie and crime
on 19 March 2009
I bought this book so I could explain globalisation and organized crime to my 12 year old son, and ended up buying half a dozen copies for all the men in my extended family. Hill has done his research and covers half the world. Somehow though he manages to make the stories of footballers, gangsters, and owners engaging, occasionally hilarious, and surprisingly moving.
In essence Hill suggests that globalization is a two-way process of us selling the rest of the world images of the good life, and the rest of world then buying into our games for status, legitimacy, and profit. Gamblers in Asia will no longer bet on their own games because they are too rigged, so now they bet on ours. The stakes are now so high that inevitably the money erodes the beautiful game.
And then he proves it.