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Building the Dynasty: Manchester United 1946-1958 Hardcover – Illustrated, 16 Sep 2015
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"Iain McCartney is the definitive Manchester United historian for me; he brings United's past into vivid focus and manages to mix research with verve as the reader is pulled it United's fascinating past which should never be forgotten. His name on a title brings a sense of trust that you are reading history as it happened." --Red News.
"Prolific Manchester United author Iain McCartney looks at at the post-war rebuilding of the club, from managerless and homeless - Old Trafford was virtually destroyed by German bombing - to FA Cup winners and three-times First Division champions under the hitherto untried manager Matt Busby before tragedy stalled their rise with the Munich crash in 1958." --Backpass
"Yet again, Iain McCartney shows that he is the definitive story-teller of Manchester United's history. Another great book from his collection." --Danny Taylor, The Guardian
"An informative account of the pre-war period followed by a detailed look at: (1) Matt taking the reins at a bombed out Old Trafford (2) the cobbling together and shaping of the team which won the 1948 FA Cup and 1952 League Championship (3) the building of the youth system and the blooding of the Babes and, finally, (4) the successes of that great team. This impressively researched book is highly readable and covers a seminal period in United's history. Another book from the excellent Pitch Publishing." --PrideOfManchester.com
"Iain McCartney is one of those 'Mister Manchester United men' - like Leslie Millman - who probably knows as much as anybody about them. For me, the essence of any new book is about acquiring knowledge. Iain's tales are always contextual and the reader actually gets a sense of being back in the time from whence the story comes, a very difficult skill to acquire. With having fairly regular contact with ex players and staff Iain has the opportunity to inject original writing into the book and the nuances are many, something you don't get with just research. If you like football club histories this is a must have for your collection. If you're a United fan you'll probably be buying it anyway I assume. It's good value, and a great read." --John Holroyd, Programme Monthy
"This requires of course that you are interested in history, but if you fall into that category, Building the Dynastyis a must. Author Iain McCartney has taken a calculated risk by writing a book on a period in the club's history about which much is told in earlier books. McCartney was forced to dig up untold stories, which he managed magnificently. The book is packed with anecdotes and stories from an important era, as well as many rare photos. 5 stars out of 6." --Manchester United Scandinavian Supporters Club magazine
"In our view, Iain McCartney is consistently the very best 'Red' writer. He covers a wide range of United topics in fine style. Iain's output is so important to the United 'Library' that we've created our own bookshelf just for his books. Between writing books and following the Reds he writes for fanzines and runs an important United Collectors' Club." --PrideOfManchester.com
"The definitive history of Manchester United's rise from an 'ordinary' side in the 30s to a force in post-war English football." --Book of the Week, Ping-E-lieër magazine,Voetbal Club Rios
"An engrossing new book." --Blackpool Gazette Book of the Week
About the Author
Iain McCartney is the author of Rising From the Wreckage, the definitive story of Manchester United from Munich to the 1968 European Cup Final, and its follow-up Busby's Legacy. His many other United books include biographies on Roger Byrne and Duncan Edwards. Iain is a major Reds collector, and runs the United Review Collectors Club.
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