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Kindle version is a joke
on 23 May 2012
I have to confirm that the earlier reviews about the Kindle version are absolutely right. If you crumpled up a photocopy of the paperback, fed it through a scanner and used 15 year old character recognition software, it would still not be as bad as this centre-justified rendering. There are some headings which I still don't understand, even after reading the body text. This is mystifying. Did no one have access to the original text?
The book itself is probably worth 4 stars. A scrupulously fact-checked, exhaustive analysis, it is not. Nor is it intended to be. It is supposed to be a book looking at some interesting phenomena in football in a new and entertaining way. In that it succeeds. You probably won't agree with every argument, but you are at least challenged to come up with a counter-argument instead of falling back on pundits' clichés.
The chapter I felt was missing was whether it is true that "the league doesn't lie". The hypothesis is that over 38 or 42 games, luck / randomness / bad refereeing decisions etc. should even themselves out. It should be possible to analyse this statistically - and not just by one team's fans looking at specific decisions that "cost them" - but oddly, the authors didn't go there.
Still, the rest is a good read. Just not on a Kindle.