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on 25 July 2015
I had hoped to enjoy this book much more than I did. A chance to better understand one of the enigma's of English football, a defender who served his country brilliantly whilst also becoming loved and hated my much of North London following his switch from Spurs to Arsenal.

Unfortunately, the football side of things is often dwarfed by Campbell's feeling that he was undervalued or used by others. I had hoped for more football stories about his time with England and the Arsenal 'Invicibles', unfortunately even on both of these, he has axes to grind, criticising Arsene Wenger for the way he handled him in the latter stages of his career and the FA for not making him captain. He alleges that the latter was due to race, however, he struggles to substantiate this, and the book itself doesn't support him as its clear he was an awkward character due to a tough upbringing and may not have had the leadership qualities of several other strong leaders during the era.

The book is written in an odd style which questions Campbell and adds to his awkward reputation. The writer uses cliche and tabloid wording when it is clear Campbell wishes to be seen as a football intellectual.

I love football biographies and found this difficult to read, I found it very hard to warm to Campbell and his continuous gripes, I also felt there was ambiguity in challenging the hard family upbringing he had and then glossing over the fact he doesn't see one of his own children.

The football matches don't get enough attention, too much emphasis is placed on Campbell's rise to a position where he has a lot of expensive things, I came away from this book bored and thinking less of one of the great defenders of his generation. A very dull and frustrating read.
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on 12 January 2015
As a Gooner I try to read all books about current and former Arsenal players. This is one of the less interesting ones. As good as Sol Campbell was for The Arsenal and for that iconic Invincible team, this book was a struggle to get through. The author uses very odd analogies and metaphors, some cliché-ridden, others simply out of place, and for this reason it is a tough read. Moreover, the player himself comes across as a little out of touch with reality. This becomes ever more clear if you listen to his interview with Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Radio 5Live which was on the radio shortly after this book was serialised in a newspaper and Sol's comments about being England captain came to light (available as a podcast, find it as it's an essential companion to this book!).
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on 27 October 2015
Good insight into arsenal legend good price fast delivery
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on 24 December 2015
INteresting
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on 29 September 2014
Good reading
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on 5 June 2014
I don't usually read books. Bought this for the plane journey. Didn't finish it and possible will have to wait for this years holiday to continue the read. Ok so far
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on 18 February 2016
Very pleased thankyou.
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on 23 June 2014
Far more revealing than the usual footballer bio gives a greater understanding of a quiet and complex man. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone whatever their footballing persuasion
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on 19 July 2014
I really enjoyed reading this book. It gives a brilliant insight into the real life of a professional footballer. Well worth a read!
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on 5 April 2015
More details on meeting his wife would have helped.
It would have been better if sol had written it himself. Good book.
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