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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greater Game, 11 Aug. 2008
This review is from: The Greater Game: Sporting Icons Who Fell in the Great War (Hardcover)
It's always refreshing to come across a book which explores relatively new ground and "The Greater Game" certainly falls into that category. While it would be fair to say that most cricket or football fans with any interest in history will have already heard of Colin Blythe and Donald Bell, it's very unlikely that the name of rower Frederick Septimus Kelly would ring many bells, and even the keenest student of the First World War would hardly have been aware of the fascinating work of the Army Gymnastic Staff. This is one of the strengths of the book-a willingness to stray from the mainstream, which leaves the reader eager to learn more.

As professional battlefield guides, the authors are fully conscious of the value of a rattling good story and they have cast their net wide in search of suitable subject matter. Less familiar sports such as ice hockey and Aussie Rules are provided with the necessary context and a fine balance is maintained throughout between the sporting and military aspects. The end result is an extremely enjoyable collection of essays on individual sportsmen who paid the ultimate price in the service of their country.

The book is well written and contains many evocative photos of those whose stories are covered. I'm sure that this study has only scratched the surface and that there are many more sporting icons still awaiting discovery; perhaps "The Greater Game" might turn out to be only a first instalment. Overall then a most welcome addition to the Great War library-highly recommended for the sports fan and anyone with an interest in the First World War.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greater Game - a good read for sporting & military interests, 10 Aug. 2008
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M. Gardiner "Coulsdon eagle" (COULSDON, SURREY United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Greater Game: Sporting Icons Who Fell in the Great War (Hardcover)
The Greater Game: Sporting Icons Who Fell in the Great War

The Greater Game examines how a number of sporting icons gave their lives for their countries in the Great War, touches upon the careers of others who were fortunate enough to survive, and the history behind those units known for being based upon a solid cadre of sportsmen. Some of the names will be well known, but diligent research has added far more information about the lives, not just the sporting and military careers, of men like Ronnie Poulton Palmer and Colin Blythe. The authors' knowledge and experience as battlefield guides also adds colour about the war as experienced by their subjects.

There are also some less well-known but equally deserving sportsmen covered, names that have been mainly forgotten by the wider public, perhaps as their sports are not the highly popular team events. Tony Wilding, Wimbledon Champion, is one such person, an all-round athlete, who if he was alive today would have a public profile at least as high as David Beckham's. The real gems are the "foreign" sportsmen - the Aussie Rules Footballer, the one-eyed ice hockey star from Canada, and a Tour de France winner whose sporting battles seem to come straight from a schoolboy's annual. Names that may mean nothing to us Brits, but are honoured in their own countries.

This is a book that appears to carry something fresh on every page, and shines a light on an area of First World War history that many are dimly aware of. The breadth of sports covered results in a greater appeal than if the subject covered had been restricted to a particular sport. It also leaves the reader eager to find out more about those names touched upon, which is perhaps the highest praise it can deserve.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greater Game, 3 Nov. 2008
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The Greater Game covers a different aspect of the Great War away from the main stream of subjects usually covered.A well written book which leaves the reader eager to know more about sporting icons who fought and died for their country in the Great war. Fascinating accounts which make it a hard book to put down.Very highly recommended and an ideal book for the sporting or First World War enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greater Game, 28 Oct. 2008
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Mr. M. S. Parrott (UK) - See all my reviews
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I have recently purchased and read this book... what a bargain. As someone with interest in both the Great War and sportsmen this well researched and written volume covers all the bases. The authors obviously know their stuff as experienced Battlefield guides and share their passion with the reader. I have no hesitation in recommending the book and can suggest that anyone looking for that illusive present considers it worthy of consideration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Account of Sportsmen Killed in the Great War, 29 May 2011
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This is a well researched and a most competent account of sportsmen who fought during the Great War. Harris and Whippy have managed to capture the events in time which resulted in the loss of so many of our sporting personalities. It brings home the message that this war resulted in the loss of thousands of men who would have given so much promise to their chosen field of expertise and begs the question that we still suffer from those losses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Aug. 2014
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Really interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 Nov. 2014
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Worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Dec. 2014
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Excellent.
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The Greater Game: Sporting Icons Who Fell in the Great War by Julian Whippy (Hardcover - 19 May 2008)
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