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War Minus the Shooting: Journey Through South Asia During Cricket's World Cup Hardcover – 4 Nov 1996

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  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd (4 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434003816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434003815
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.4 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although cricket baffles most Americans, the author has acquired a sensitive understanding of the game and he combines this with a deep knowledge of the Indian sub-continent. The result is an insightful account of the 1996 World Cup and it's social, political and commercial impact in South Asia. The only negative is the author's clear dislike of anything to do with England, which shows through on the few occasions he has to mention their team
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...book on any sport I have ever read. His knowledge of the social fabric as well as the corruption, snobbishness, poverty, brutality, kindnesses and humour of the Indian sub-contonent and its peoples is astonishing. And so interestingly and movingly written about. His portraits of the individuals making up the three host countries' teams and of their backers, decriers and the supporters in general are delightful. And his descriptions of the matches themselves are clear, tense and as evocative as anything John Arlott could have done.

Quite honestly I could NOT put this down!!
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A book very much of its' time but an interesting read nonetheless (although this may assume you can remember the tournament, background and players involved or know something of the region). Mike Marqusee writes well and with perhaps a far more objective eye than some who have been more directly involved in the game?
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