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1.0 out of 5 stars This Book, Bloody Hell !, 4 Nov 2010
This review is from: Football - Bloody Hell!: The Biography of Alex Ferguson (Hardcover)
This is a terrible book from start to finish. Why is it so bad ? It contains many spelling mistakes, many inaccuracies and huge inconsistencies. Mostly the language is tabloid speak and full of the most awful cliche and turn of pharase 'Ferguson has been casting his net wide in the transfer market', 'David Elleray, a leading whistler...' It was an exercise in restraint not to throw it out the window at every page turn. I can pick hundreds of mistakes throughout the book that annoyed me, irked me and generally made me feel that I was reading the latest Kerry Katona opus. For instance, Page 344 of the hardback edition (yes, I wasted that amount of money on this) cites that 'In 2008 he [Ferguson] was to use the fifth anniversary of the Munich disaster to motivate his players'.
However, the biggest sin that Barclay commits is not that he didn't bother to employ a proofreader or that he failed to double check simple facts on when players were bought or sold but that he created a book based upon an amalgamation of the various autobiographies on his bookshelf. There seems to be no new work done here at all and newspaper articles and players quotes are printed verbatim within insight or criticism. Honestly, avoid this lazy, tabloid rubbish at all costs, it really is only for the Manchester United supporter who didn't know Alex Ferguson was also once the manager of Aberdeen and honestly thinks 2008 was the fifth anniversary of the Munich disaster. Mr Barclay you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.
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Initial post: 17 Nov 2010 10:13:00 GMT
J. Hyde says:
The Glazer debt is barely mentioned yet it has a considerable bearing on our lack of investment in new players. The air-brushing of history as the fans know it to be is rather Stalinist - is this more Fergie / Gill gobbledygook to keep the good ship United afloat? What about IMUSA, MUST, Red Knights, FCUM? They all exist yet they don't in Fergie's mind - unless they prick his conscience sometimes then he comes out with barbed comment. (Resign Fergie & come back as People's Champion working for Red Knights & with lots of money to buy that Value.) As stated sloppily written & too much from other books.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2010 13:16:29 GMT
Dear Non Sequitur,
FYI, This is in response to Barclay´s comment on the review by "Simon". I am looking forward to Barclay´s response to your review which I found helpful.

Mr Barclay,

Are you saying that readers have to follow the views of "distinguished and identifiable journalists", whoever they are, rather than their own opinions? Are readers too stupid to make up their own minds?

Or is this post some kind of personal argument between you and the person who wrote this review? If so, then tell us what is going on please.

I would be more interested if you were to reply to the reviewer Non Sequitur who claims your book is full of factual mistakes and sloppiness e.g. 2008 was the "fifth" anniversary of the Munich plane crash.

By the way, I was thinking of buying your book but have decided not to, based on the reviews I have read here.

Posted on 7 Mar 2011 22:30:37 GMT
I know from experience it is hard to write a critical review of a book without bringing the world down on you. You've done a good job here, well done.

Posted on 12 Sep 2011 12:33:24 BDT
R A Ikin says:
Agree completely with Non Sequiter - This is an atrociously lazy piece of work. Avoid completely!
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