Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city Hardcover – 28 Jan 2008
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"Not only the best book on Munich, but one of the very best books on the United. I presumed there was nothing new to say on the crash, but David Hall proved me completely wrong. It's a totally refreshing account, and Hall captures brilliantly the atmosphere of Manchester in those winter days of 1958." (Michael Crick)
"Almost everything we've ever read about Munich has been from the point of view of the victims and the survivors - so David Hall's book is a welcome and fascinating record of what it was like to be an 11-year-old Mancunian whose team had its heart ripped out on a foreign airfield. It is the mass of telling detail which makes this book so interesting... intimate and personal." (Chris Maume The Independent)
"Where David Hall's deeply humbling book differs, is that he offers a supporter's perspective of one of the most intimate tragedies of post-war Britain, one which united an entire nation, irrespective of one's club loyalties, in grief. [A] heart-rending tribute to a side that had become great ambassadors for club and country - both on and off the pitch." (Tom Richmond Yorkshire Post)
"Fitting tribute to a sport's tragic loss" (Coventry Telegraph)
"Excellent" (Steve Simpson Blackpool Gazette) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is unashamedly subjective and makes no pretensions to be otherwise. So criticisms along the lines of 'non MU diehards feeling short changed' are wide of the mark. My own first loyalty is 10 miles from Old Trafford, but by the end of the book I was emotionally drained.
A point understated at the 50th anniversary commemoration is the equally savage impact on the England team. And the appalling gaffe by the 'selectors' in refusing to pick Bobby Charlton during the 58 World Cup. The spine of the 58 England team was ripped out. The WC final could and maybe should have been England v Brazil.
To be fair though the book is primarily concerned with the immediate aftermath and the effect on the club and the fans and the city.
It is just impossible to praise it too highly.
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Excellent book about Manchester's finest. Makes you think how good they could have been. Such a tragedy that they died so young.Published 9 months ago by Richard Tandy