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Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far Hardcover – 27 Jul 2006
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‘He stands head and shoulders above the rest’ Daily Telegraph
At just 20 years of age, Wayne Rooney is already one of the best footballers in the world. From his early years in Croxteth, his Premiership debut as a 16-year-old, his ebullient entrance on the international scene in Euro 2004, to the drama of the 2006 World Cup, this is his amazing story so far. What is the true story behind the most talked-about person in British football? Were there signs of things to come in his upbringing in the back streets of Liverpool? What were the early influences that shaped his character? And how has the meteoric rise to fame and fortune affected this seemingly shy yet prodigiously gifted youngster? For the first time in his own words, Rooney opens up about the defining years of his life as the son of a working-class family, brought up in a council house with his Everton-mad family. There followed his first tentative steps in football, the triumphs and knock backs along the way, the accolades that began to follow his every move as a young teenager, and destiny fulfilled on his Premiership debut for Everton at the tender age of 16.He goes on to describe how his life changed irrevocably when Alex Ferguson and Manchester United came calling in the summer of 2004, his dazzling efforts for England in the European Championships, a private life never far from the tabloid headlines, and the real story behind his relationship with partner Coleen McLoughlin. He reveals the anguish of the foot injury that threatened his participation in World Cup 2006, and how his determination led to a remarkable recovery in time to play a part in the group stage of the tournament. And he describes how his delight at playing again for his country turned to despair after his controversial sending-off in the quarter-final against Portugal and England's subsequent elimination in the penalty shoot-out. The story so far, is presented in Rooney's own words. From the streets of Croxteth to the stadiums of Germany - a journey of a lifetime squeezed into a mere twenty years. See all Product description
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I'll admit, this is no-where near as in depth into his life as say, David Beckhams autobigraphy (even with tiny lettering its still thick!) but at just 20, hes got a whole life ahead of him, and plenty more book deals!
While this book is quite thick and is roomy on the bookshelf, the large lettering makes it decieving, and you'll be flying through in time. Pay over £10 too and you've probably not got your moneys worth, its been made to look like a hefty book of writing.
I think as time goes on, Rooney will soon develop a better style of writing that'll 'hopefully' include more interesting facts about his lifestyle. But for now, this will do.
after 10 pages threw it in the bin
should have known better its a me me me book
overrated as a player causes unrest on and off the field
mufc get rid
didnt agree witn alot fergie did and said
but right in comments rooney is trouble
a mufc fan of 66 years
Well, no. Nothing at all. Save your money.
There are two problems: one is that an autobiography is inevitably always best when looking back on a long and interesting life...or at least career. Hunter's work with Paul Gascoigne is a case in point - painful but fascinating reading. I don't buy the fact that young people should never get involved with autobiographies...it's just much harder to make them interesting.
But that's not the main problem really and in the end it's not entirely Rooney's fault - it's out of his hands. The reason this book is so very bad is that, no doubt pandering to Rooney's totalitarian manager Alex Ferguson and satanic agent Paul Stretford, any attempt to express an opinion, say something fascinating or offer an insight has been totally washed away. Even all that business about being caught in a brothel barely gets a couple of hollow paragraphs, presumaby to spare Colleen further embarrassment. So there's just nothing of the slightest interest left.
There are only two remaining questions (aside from the obvious one about why anybody bought this at all): given that Everton manager David Moyes has issued legal proceedings against Rooney over comments made in the book, how come it's still so very dull? And what on earth are they going to put in the other four?
Is it because, as I suspect, and the people who produce this trash know for sure, no-one gives a monkeys?
This convivial lack of disapproval, twinned with general social lethargy ensures we get what we deserve, and therefore, what we expect/want with no questions asked.
Of course this stuff will keep right on coming until we can muster up some sort of resistance to it, and at the moment I would say that's highly unlikely.
What we need is some quality control in our own lives and the inclination to back it up.
It would be a start if we could curb the exposure of some of the people who are supposed to be steering us clear of this stuff. Too busy 'appearing' somewhere to be of any use at the business end; too involved to see the damage they're doing and allowing to be done.
But far more importantly; as a civilization, we must vent every way we can, our abhorrence and intolerance for the debased, the tawdry and the creatively unclean. Sneer and scorn the lame ducks and the half-talents. Bring pressure to bear on those who exist only for profit and actively encourage, for lucrative financial gain, the deliberate and VERY real 'dumbing down' of pretty much anything and everything in our culture.
This afflicts across the board: the arts, transport, food, particularly sport, where the opportunity to guide our young people by good example is criminally wasted.
And at it's cold black heart - its nadir - is us as people in the land of the dead, sucking it all in without retort, without obloquy, and worst of all...without conscience or shame.
'Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile.' Future generations will need some explaining to.
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