38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
well written, but a well trod path,
This review is from: Football - Bloody Hell!: The Biography of Alex Ferguson (Hardcover)
Oh dear, I read the previous reviews and kind of know the unhelpful votes will pour in. But so what, I am still going to try to provide an objective view of the book and if you chose to vote unhelpful because you have issues with either Fergie or United, then vote away.
Patrick Barclay is a respected sports journalist and he writes well. This is a biography of Alex Ferguson taking us from his youth through to 2010 - published just about the time of the recent Rooney crisis which actually helps you understand the handling of Rooney. This tries to be objective and highlights Fergie's faults and mistakes while also mentioning his fantastic record and a perceptive view of the man himself and what makes him tick.
I would have gone four stars had this been the first biography of Fergie I had read, but much is a repeat (although from a different perspective) of Fergies own autobiography although updated to cover the last 8 years or so. But while the perspective was different, I wasn't learning much that was new.
The books highlights are in the latter years, Fergie's Rock of Gibralter issues, the takeover and of course that focus on what makes the man tick and be such a winner. It's weakness was the lack of freshness and a failure to focus on key elements such as his views on Victoria Beckham - they hardly get a mention yet were instrumental in his relationship with Beckham.
Recommended if you have never read a Fergie biography but if you have, you may find too much in here you already knew.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2011 17:06:11 GMT
Mr. J. D. Porter says:
I was unsure whether to buy this book or not, and was interested in your review, particularly as I spotted a glaring inaccuracy without even buying the book!
The official blurb providing details of the book referred to "that unforgettable night in Moscow when Ferguson's embattled players triumphed over Bayern Munich in the dying seconds of the Champions League final". It was of course at the Nou Camp in Barcelona. I'm glad Mr Barclay didn't make my travel arrangements.
If that is a sample of what I can expect then your advice is sound - I'll keep my money in my pocket.
Posted on 27 Feb 2011 14:11:25 GMT
Mr. James Calleja says:
Disappointed Barclay did not cover United's golden age in 2006-2009 in more detail. That let the book down!
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