Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths: The inside story of football's golden era Paperback – 4 May 2006
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"One last look back at the tortured life of the most charismatic footballer of our generation" (Guardian)
"Best's love letter to the Beautiful Game and his own youth" (Irish Times)
"A great read" (Sunday Sport)
"A complete history of the sport before money and marketing took over" (Mirror)
George Best's final bestseller - a personal memoir of the game's greatest eraSee all Product description
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There are actually two problems.
First, this is an almost entirely unoriginal account of Best's playing career up to 1975. For example, what do we learn about the European Cup Final of 1968, the night that brought back memories of Munich, when the first English club won the European Cup? George was ecstatic and had a bit too much to drink. Woo, sorry to have spoiled the plot for you there.
Second, this a ghost-written biography - despite receiving almost no credit the title page includes those three little words "with Harry Harris" that tell you what you need to know i.e. that this will be a competent account, that will tick over, and rely heavily on the newspaper archive - so you will be told about the size of the crowd, team changes and the times when the goals were scored. You will also get post-match quotes and players' histories, things Best couldn't possibly know. But as for Best's memories you strongly suspect they were used up in his earlier books "Blessed" and "Scoring at Half Time".
I have no problem at all with Harry Harris writing a book about 1960s football. I didn't find a lot new and the quote on the back cover from the Daily Mirror: "A complete history of the sport before money and marketing took over" is ludicrous. How can one man's account (even if it weren't ghost-written?) be a complete history. Oh, hang on, Harry Harris works for the Daily Mirror ... It's just hard to see who would be interested. If you want to know about Best, read "Blessed". If you want to know about football in this era read "The Glory Game" or Leo McKinstry on the Charlton Brothers or any of the excellent biographies of Bill Shankly.
So, you have been warned: an okay book with Best's face on the cover to sell it to you. Look elsewhere.
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This book could have been written by anyone as it just covers football in general with a few Bestie anecdotes thrown in.