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Manchester United in Europe: Tragedy, History, Destiny: Tragedy, Destiny, History (Mainstream Sport) Paperback – 30 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition (30 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840188979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840188974
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,886,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Ferris is the author of Football Fanatic and The Double. He has been a journalist for over 20 years and currently works for Reuters. He has also written books on economics, entitled Market Movers and Reuters Guide to Official Interest Rates.

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Do the bookshelves and the sports departments of bookshops in particular need yet another history book about Manchester United? Well, yes is the answer - if they are as entertaining and as richly detailed as this effort from Ken Ferris.
Manchester United - Tragedy, Destiny, History covers the oft-told story of United's history in the European Cup from the Munich disaster to their dramatic victory in the Nou Camp three years ago.
With this well-trodden path having been covered in numerous tomes before it, you're looking for something special to mark this book out. Ferris has managed this by recounting the whole story with a fresh gusto, and by approaching it from a different angle.
Focusing on the three main events of United's history in Europe - the Munich Air Disaster (Tragedy), the 1968 triumph over Benfica (Destiny)and the 1999 win over Bayern Munich which completed an unprecedented treble (History) - Ferris has produced what seems like three mini-books beneath the same cover.
Ferris avoids the common mistake of merely recounting the course of a season through games and goals. Instead, he uses an impressive attention to detail and pace to convey the drama and excitement of these three separate eras.
United's most recent Champions League win is not crammed in to just those 93 minuts at the Nou Camp, but spread across over 100 pages to tell the full story of United's stay in the Catalan capital. Of course, the drama of Sheringham and Solskjaer's late goals take centre stage, but the tense build-up, the fans' tales along Las Ramblas, the post-match celebrations and the heroes' return to Manchester are all included as well.
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Ken Ferris masterpiece was undoubedly his book on the Spurs Double of 1960-61. This book comes close if not the equal of that work. Superb written history of United in Europe. Highly recommended read.
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