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on 17 August 2010
Although about LFC,its a detailed history of british football and its relationship with society at large.Goes from the very start of football to the recent rebranding as the beautiful game.Facinating reading for any football supporter,although the main focus is LFC.More about the pre 60's history than the SKY era,which is a good thing.
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on 31 July 2011
Books about Liverpool Football Club are ten a penny and many of them are worth just about that amount (a tenth of a penny) but John Williams has managed to get a new slant on a familiar theme and he has come up with an absolute gem. 'Red Men' goes right back to the birth of the club with fascinating snippets about the men who built it from what was left after Everton upped sticks and left Anfield in 1892. The successes of the early 1900's and the 1920's are entertainingly described and the glory days of the 60's, 70's and 80's are balanced with telling observations that help to explain how bad things became at Anfield during the years when Souness was the manager and, more recently, when the club was in the hands of a couple of American shysters who very nearly brought an institution to its knees. The author's selection of his best ever Liverpool XI is sure to arouse debate among fans and, one way and another, this is a first rate book not only for Liverpool fans but for anybody with an interest in the wider history of the beautiful game.
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on 26 February 2013
I bought this book for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved it. He really liked how informative the book was and that it really doesn't skip any bits.

If the person you are buying it for is an extreme liverpool fan, who wants to know all the facts and all the details of Liverpool and their story then this is definitely a good buy.
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on 16 September 2010
The good? The early years of the club (particularly around Elisha Scott, 'honest' John McKenna,Billy Liddell et al), and accounts of good humour between fans of clubs which now share at best a mistrust, and at worst a severe loathing. The idea that Liverpool and Manchester Utd could be so generous to each other as for Liverpool to be willing to loan two of their own players after a tragedy (the Munich disaster) or that a legendary Utd manager (Busby) could feature in a list of Liverpool's greatest players as late as 1966 should go some way to explaining that, despite Liverpool and Man Utd's regional competition in many spheres (cultural, economic, etc), the worsening relationships between supporters is only a recent (late 1970s) invention.

The bad? Whether intentional or not, and it's likely the former, it's obviously a deeply personal account of a club - hence it being a biography, rather than a history - but John Williams' final chapters of the book are also the worst. His account of the tenure of Rafa Benitez can't be described as anything other than one-sided, and is in parts deeply misleading. As Williams tries to use the winning of the FA Youth Cup on a couple of occasions as a 'successful' academy - but then fails to mention how few of those players broke through into the first team, which is its actual purpose, and fails to take explain how exciting the current crop of academy players are (Suso, Sterling, Pacheco, etc). This is beyond him neglecting to point out that Steve Hiehgway had resolutely failed to provide any first team players since the early days of the disastrous Souness regime. Another example is that, despite Liverpool finishing second in Benitez's final season, he blames the runners-up position on team selection (which is arguable) but fails to provide the even-handed treatment an unbiased writer would when he excludes the argument that the final points total would have won the Premier League in several previous championships.

The indifferent? What sort of writer on Liverpool FC fails to mention the origins of "You'll Never Walk Alone", "The Fields of Anfield Road", "Scouser Tommy", and many more of the songs for which The Kop is renowned, nevermind the actual battle for Spion Kop?
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on 5 May 2014
If you're looking for a book that will give you a detailed history of Liverpool FC then it will be hard to better this book . A must for anyone who likes Liverpool FC .
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on 25 January 2013
from a man utd fans prospective this is a realy good book the history is so well detailed its great i got it
for my mam for xmas and she loves it.
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on 28 October 2013
A comprehensive history of Liverpool football club.
Swift delivery.
Good value for money.
A great gift for fans of this club.
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on 5 January 2013
not yet read as far as I know so I am unable to comment further as to quality etc. the same applies to the other purchases on this list, bought at the same time, so don't ask me about those again please.
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on 27 December 2014
very comprehensive in the days when football was football
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on 18 August 2010
A must have for all red's fan.Tells the story of the clubs birth through all the turbulent years and early success of the club,pre war,pre Shankley. Highly recommended. Read it and pass it on.
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