Andrew Jennings's industry and his understandable exasperation shine through in this shocking tail of corruption and deceit. It is well worth a read for anyone interested in the machinations of FIFA. It's very obvious that for all his teflon coated political genius that Sepp Blatter is and has been for the last 30 or so years the main problem.
You are left feeling distinctly depressed - when will it ever end?
The only weakness is a writing style that is at times somewhat hyperbolic and in places rather sloppy. Chuck Blazer is a bad man, but calling him the "Belly" is unnecessarily demeaning to a serious work on very serious institutional corruption.
if you want to know about the dirty corrupt world of FIFA and the IOC this man knows everything ,and has the evidence to prove it.Mr Jennings makes it an easy narrative, and not afraid to say things in lay mans terms makes this book gritty, informative and funny, but it also makes you angry and exasperated about how these corrupt organisations run, and do not care a hoot about the sports they run, only lining their pockets. This book will open your eyes to the real world of FIFA .
This is such a complicated story of criminal activity at the top of world sport it really makes the reader question if any World Cup was free of political influence to ensure the right people were rewarded. Well done Andrew Jennings for bringing all these disparate threads together into one book
Veteran investigative journalist Andrew Jennings - previously a scourge of the corrupt leaders in the Olympic movement - has produced an epic and vivid account of how FIFA was corrupted, often from within, and why so little has been done to bring this huge organisation to account. The Qatar bid may yet bring Blatter down but this book will load the dynamite. Reads like a turn-the-page thriller too. Great stuff.
Another great book by Andrew Jennings. Which goes to show who is taking what when and where. Shows Blatter and co at there best taking everything they could get. It's just a shame that the authorities cannot or will not take these corrupt people and have them dealt with. Keep on reporting it.
Fascinating. How has he been allowed to get way with this for so long? Simples; too may people rely on institutionalised corruption of this sort, and now they're working on taking over governments as well - read also Lord of the Rings for a similar (if older) forensic deconstruction of what's gone wrong in the Olympics.
If you're wondering why the FBI are after FIFA then look no further. This books gives a detailed account of the staggering sums of money that have been trousered and how and why nothing has been done about it. Infuriating. If you have any doubts about the crookedness of this organisation, read on.
Great book from a man who's not afraid to ask the right questions.
This book will make you angry about why the FIFA crooks continue to get away with their crimes while ruining the people's games. Crimes that are so obvious to the everyday man on the street but not so clear to the people that govern our country... I wonder why that is?
Great book...great author. Deserves immense credit for pursuing these crooks when no-one else was listening. Now that Sepp Blatter is no longer in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize I might put Andrew Jennings forward for it.