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5.0 out of 5 stars The better account of recent Trautmann biographies!, 16 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Trautmann: The Biography (Paperback)
I urge all Trautmann and football fans to buy this book rather than the recent one written by Catrine Clay. Trautmann: A Biography is an amazing biography in itself, nevermind for that of a footballer. Trautmann has led an amazing life and it's all recorded here. Compared to it's successor, it seems a more personal and heart felt account of the footballer rather than a clinical text book which is essentially what Trautmann's Journey by Catrine Clay is. This book doesn't focus on just one aspect of his life like in the other book, but goes through his life from his time in the Hitler Youth, as a soldier on the Eastern Front, as a hot tempered POW with a love for football, as FA Cup legend, right up to the present where he is trying to develope Anglo-German relations through setting up the Trautmann Foundation. This account doesn't contain certain details compared to the other account, such as him stumbling across a massacre of Jews (which he was still not comfortable discussing at the time this was written), but this book is by far the more accurate and you really come out of it feeling like you personally know Bert. My favourite part of the book was about the Friar family, who Bert would eventually mary into, which gives us great insight to a post war English family in the north. This account is also not afraid to paint Bert as a bit of a brute at times, yet it is still easy to love and admire him. If you are struggling to decide which book to buy, I heartily recommend this, it is easily the best of the two.
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