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Anyone But England: Cricket and the National Malaise Hardcover – 26 May 1994
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5 people found this helpful.
Devastating analysis of English cricket
on 13 September 1998 - Published on Amazon.com
The book deals with the various malaises infecting cricket in England. The author, an American-born Jew of Luthuanian descent (!) does not pull his punches while dealing with defeat, commericialism, racism, class conflcit...and various other contentious issues. The book is a classic, but has earnred the author, an avowed Marxist, a certain amount of notoriety, especiall in England. He is also the author of political books, cricket fiction and War With Minus The Shooting, the best commenatary on the 1996 World Cup. A unique writer with an unusual perspective.
4 people found this helpful.
A great book which skewers the English cricket establishment
on 30 July 1999 - Published on Amazon.com
This must be the best book ever written about English cricket, and is up there with the best on cricket generally. With a sharp awareness of how much and how little cricket really matters, Marqusee dissects the vile attitudes of the English cricket establishment, explodes many of the myths it promulgates to maintain its grip on the game, and offers serious (if utopian) proposals for how the game could be reformed. Most striking is his detailed account of the racism whihc appears to pervade the top levels of the game. Unlike him and Dennis Skinner (from whom he took the title) I've been England fan all my life, but I suspect I shall have a hard time supporting them again. Anyone who loves cricket and really great writing should read this book.