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on 16 January 2017
Phil Scraton has supported the search for truth and justice from the beginning. This book tells in detail the long road traveled by the families of the 96 and how they were consistently failed and lied to by those in authority who should have been seeking the truth and instead chose to cover their own backs. It is a thorough, well researched and thoughtful account. The families of the 96 have done everyone in Britain a massive favour by their relentless commitment to uncovering the truth. They have been attacked and vilified along the way but ultimately vindicated. This is a great modern story of ordinary people taking on the institutions, and leaders, of our establishment and ultimately making them face their lies and hypocrisy. I cannot say they won because there are no winners in a tragedy such as Hillsborough. Although this is a book about Hillsborough it is also a dissection of how public and judicial institutions create their own self interested group think. If you think that since Hillsborough that tendency has gone away I fear you are mistaken. We are still ruled and governed by people some of whom will put their own interest ahead of their public duty. Hillsborough reminds us both of the importance of vigilance and the pain and cost of taking on vested interests. It is a tribute both to the families and Phil Scraton's efforts to help them get justice.
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on 14 January 2017
Should be part of the National Curriculum. We all owe Professor Phil Scraton a huge thanks for this commitment and perseverance in exposing what really happened on that awful day.

I hope the victims families finally get justice and those responsible brought before the courts.
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on 2 January 2017
Tells the truth - not comforting, but it does lay bare the sick story of the ghastly failings of clubs, police incompetence and the conniving of an establishment which can't face truth.
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on 4 February 2017
Quite simply, a breathtaking, refreshingly truthful analysis of what happened before, during and after the tragedy. A must read for anyone with a vested interest in the tragedy, or who just want to discover the truth of what actually happened.
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on 27 January 2018
I read this book as a Liverpool fan and only having little more than passing knowledge on the disaster. I was only a child on the day of the disaster so have no real time memory of what happened that day. Now working as 'part of the establishment' albeit north of the border I was horrified to read how unscrupulous those in a position of power and trust could be. A brilliant book by a brilliant man who will forever have the enduring love and respect of a football club, a city and those who love both. YNWA
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on 7 June 2016
Sad that this book had to be written. Hillsborough should never be forgotten
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on 21 December 2016
Simply because it is the truth. A definitive account of that terrible injustice. I'd also recommend 'And the sun shines now' by Adrian Tempany - a superb personal account of Hillsborough but with an excellent insight into the impact on football in general.
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on 7 September 2017
This is an updated version of a brilliant book. Scraton was central to the Hillsborough campaign refused an honour that says a lot about the mans credibility.
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on 21 May 2018
the truth, every S-N reader should be forced to read it, if they can manage big words
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on 19 December 2016
The truth is finally out and this is the updated version
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