This Is the One: Sir Alex Ferguson: The Uncut Story of a Football Genius Paperback – 25 Jul 2008
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`Taylor offers a fine account of this fascinating period in (Ferguson's) career'(The Observer)
‘Invaluable and engrossing’(Four Four Two magazine)
‘For anybody who wants to know more about the enigma that is Fergie, they should read this book’(The Daily Star)
'An excellent and affectionate portrayal of Ferguson'(The Independent)
About the Author
Daniel Taylor has been the Guardian’s Manchester United correspondent since 2000. He is the author of two books on Sir Alex Ferguson, This Is the One: The Uncut Story of a Football Genius, and Squeaky Bum Time: The Wit and Wisdom of Sir Alex Ferguson. He supports Nottingham Forest and brought out his first book, Deep Into the Forest, in 2005.
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A book which you can pick up at spare moments, enjoy, have a belly laugh and return to later in the day.
As it states in the book's title it is "uncut" and the language is raw. If you don't like swearing, and in particular the "f" word, then beware.
The book is about Ferguson's personality, and also gives a small insight into the world of football journalism, and the difficulty of trying to work with Ferguson. This is especially the case when something or somebody irks Fergie.
It is an enjoyable read and occasionally funny. The book is funny because of Ferguson's antics, stories of his actions, and the author's one-liners.
There's something in it for both Ferguson's admirers and detractors. I found it an enjoyable book.
The book is laden with some hilarious anecdotes while Taylor's portrait of the tyrant he had to deal with on a weekly basis remains impartially respectable, with no grudges held. Written with fanzine panache, it is not just the essential Ferguson book, but one of the great football books of modern times.
Read the book in less than a week (which is great for me) as I couldn't put it down, and it focuses on two very different seasons. Looking back, to the 2005 season, you forget how much pressure Fergie was under, from the press and even some of the fans at times, so it was great to look back and read about what happened next.
The books is a record of most of Fergie's press conferences, and I didn't realise how fun and unexpected they were!
By far one of most enjoyable MUFC books i've read, going to look into other books by the author now!
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Interesting read about the life of journalism too.