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Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city Hardcover – 28 Jan 2008

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st edition (28 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593059220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593059227
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A wonderful book. Written with feeling and passion. Brilliant at conveying to today's generation exactly what it was like to have lived through this tragedy as a young Mancunian. In an instant one rewinds back 50 years.
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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My partner, not only a lifelong Manchester United fan but also brought up in Stretford, is reading this and remembering the events covered. He says he defies anyone to read it without having a tear in their eye. He was 21 at the time, knew Duncan Edwards personally along with other team members who were lost. David Hall's book is superbly written and recalls a time when everybody in the city and beyond felt involved. A must read but have a hankie ready.
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This is an excellent book by David Hall on a subject that has been covered by many more eminent writers. Hall captures the atmosphere in Manchester during the aftermath of the Munich Air Disaster in 1958. David's book is not from the viewpoint of the victims, and the survivors, but from the supporter's view. It is a heart rending tribute, and one of the very best books on the tragedy.
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I was lent this book but it was so good that I still had to buy it.
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Yet another outstanding rendition of a huge sporting tragedy through the eyes of a young schoolboy whose memories are still uppermost in his mind
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