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This review is from: Trautmann: The Biography (Paperback)
I cannot believe there has not been a review of this book. As a fan who still loves the game, but despairs of the shallowness of most football literature, I find the lack of response to this book amazing.
Football biographies (auto, or otherwise) are usually appalling. Many of them were never that good in the past, but new depths have been plumbed with the celebrity status of many of today's stars and the general laziness of the modern writer/reporter. I can go into a bookshop and within 60 seconds establish that most football biographies have been merely the result of the writer (Ghost, or otherwise!) taking along a tape recorder and then regurgitating virtually ver batim. Pap, drivel and dross.
This book is the best football biogaphy I have read. Fabulously researched, never sychophantic and just one hell of a good story about a man who excelled at his craft, surmounted unbelievable obstacles, gave people an object lesson in the futility and mindlessness of prejudice and yet was not perfect.
If you can tell me of a more enjoyable football biography, I'd like to hear from you!
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Initial post: 22 Jul 2009 21:00:07 BDT
I suggest you try 'Kicked into Touch' by Fred Eyre which, while not carrying the same resonance as the Trautmann biography, certainly gives a substantial and humorous insight into a football career not played out in the spotlight.
Posted on 20 Jan 2010 21:45:24 GMT
Mr. N. I. Cooper says:
This book is amazing, and staying in my collection, Bert is a true Ambassador for the game and for Life.
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