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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Treat negative reviews with caution as 37 of them were posted by Manchester City FC supporters!, 6 Oct. 2010
This review is from: The Manchester Compendium: A Street-by-Street History of England's Greatest Industrial City (Hardcover)
I just wanted to defend this extremely informative and entertaining book. After carefully reading all the reviews I became aware that many of the 'complaints' did not mention specific flaws or errors in the book, and there were quite a few Manchester City FC references. I searched on the internet for the author Ed Glinert and found a Manchester City Football Club supporters website called bluemoon-mcfc where there were appaling and threatening obscenities written about Ed Glinert and this book. Below are excerpts from the bluemoon-mcfc website recommending their members to write on Amazon on 5th November 2009.(Please note you will see the majority of negative reviews for this book were added to Amazon on or shortly after 5th November 2009);

"...Get on Amazon and review the hard back and paper back, I've just given it one star and a damming review and it's knocked 1/2 a star off its overall rating....

I dare say a large number on here have Amazon accounts so get to it...

Don't be too obvious just give it crummy over all ratings..don't go in to a rant about City/United etc... and it will have a real affect on sales..

Suggest a rival book in your review aswell such as Crime City etc.. as most people will definitely not buy a book if a few reveiwers advise another one instead.."

AND

"...Just keep the 1 star reviews coming in on Amazon for all his books..."

AND

"...I've done my review. Has the book been out a while? Because if it has and there's a sudden glut of reviews and interest, it's obvious what has happened.

Obvious that perhaps dozens of people have reviewed it and none mentioned football, he he he

The question would be why have so many people been negative about a piddling little book?

Well its simply that bad that Manchester has risen up to defend its honour.

Its also ironic that Manchesters motto - "Consilio et Labore" roughly translates as "wisdom and effort", neither of which can be associated with his work.

(Please feel free to use that line in any new reviews on Amazon ;-) )..."

AND FINALLY..

"...5) Continue to downgrade his book by giving it bad reviews wherever it is sold online...."

Members on that website appeared to be wanting to launch a vendetta on this author in order to 'punish' him because of his personal views about their favourite football team. They posted his photo online and suggested that people travel up to Manchester to go on one of his walks and basically give him a hard time. I do not believe that Ed Glinert deserves the substantial negative feedback on Amazon, so please - if you have read and enjoyed this book, let's try and redress the balance.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2015 11:50:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Oct 2015 11:51:29 BDT
Chris J says:
He should be able to work this episode into the revised edition:

Scally Mob Targets Author: dismal but sadly predictable behaviour.
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