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Broken Dreams: Vanity, Greed And The Souring of British Football Paperback – 6 Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743440331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743440332
  • Package Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,710,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TV has transformed football beyond all recognition but, according to investigative biographer and historian Tom Bower, where there's brass there's muck. Broken Dreams is Bower's controversial account of how some of the sport's most high-profile managers and chairmen have been getting their snouts in the trough at the expense of their clubs and the game.

Focussing on the likes of Terry Venables, Brian Clough, Ken Bates and Harry Redknapp--and a huge cast of FA officials, club bigwigs and super-agents--Bower draws together threads from existing sources, with newly acquired information from over 200 interviews, weaving a compelling tale of vanity, greed and corruption at the heart of the football establishment.

Bower argues that the increasingly uneven struggle between the regulatory body, the FA, and the bullies of the gold-rush frontier, the Premier League chairmen, is at the heart of football's problem--the failure of the former to respond to the mounting evidence of dodgy dealing and corruption, and the ruthless efficiency with which the latter have exercised their financial clout. The result is a free rein for the murkier ambitions of some of the most publicly respected individuals in the game today.

It's hard to believe that the general thrust of Bower's account will come as a shock to anyone who's followed the sport over the last 20 years--though if nothing else he completely destroys the shrewd wheeler-dealer image of former West Ham boss Redknapp. What Bower brilliantly succeeds in doing is applying a forensic rigour to the task of sifting the facts from a mound of rumour and conjecture, and doing so fearlessly. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'A devastating book, an indictment of football that all fans should read and understand' -- The Times

'All fans should read this expose of football's financial secrets . . . a devastating book' -- Observer

'An astonishing job of investigation . . . At times he even seems to know what goes on in people's bank accounts' -- Daily Telegraph

'You really must read Broken Dreams. Tom Bower exposes the ineptitude, complacency, corruption and greed that permeate the game' -- Sunday Times

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