Sinesseconomics and origins of the Premier League The other
TOPICS COVERED ARE INTERESTING BUT ARE PROBABLY ADDRESSED BETTER covered are interesting but are probably addressed better other books with focus gender race international football British vs Home Country identies etc If you are not fairly obsessed with all things related English football
then you will ikely find some chapters tedious or just uninteresting Worthy but dull almost the polar opposite you will A Game of Unchance likely find some chapters tedious or just uninteresting Worthy but dull almost the polar opposite the premiereague itself Disappointing Goldblatt has a brilliant mind can write very well and knows his onions Yet the book manages to be overambitious stretched too thin and wilfully ignoring many pertinent factors of the contemporary game most notably booming football podcasting scene for instance Worse of all there is kind of The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers--How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death - Kindle edition by Dick Teresi. Politics Social Sciences Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. lame conclusion to it all This was an intriguing subject but its detached analysis of English football as well as commentary on Wales Ireland and Scotland despite the cross of St George on the cover meant that itacked a bit of the ife and emotion that is really part of the game s appeal and was a bit of a dry readI thought the structure itself was uite good discussing the abstract of football and the match experience before ooking specifically at regional differences and identity and the FA The problem was that it trod a fine The Way of Wizardry (Dragon Warriors RPG line between putting the football in context and stating things already known by someone who attends or follows football On the one hand the historical context of the now too freuent minute s silence there were barely any until the 1990s was uite interesting on the other hand I know what the warm up isike because I ve seen someThe best chapter for me was on race as it was approached with a proper historian s eye rather than the azy journalist trope of Ron Atkinson bringing black players to West Brom who weren trope of Ron Atkinson bringing black players to West Brom who weren even the first team to field 3 black players Not afraid to uote racist terms verbatim he made good use of primary source material to present a balanced account This was the strength of the book overall too as Goldblatt described the regions I know about accurately rather than as someone who once heard a joke about Coventry and knows it s a 60 s block of concrete Perhaps there was ess material to work with but the sections on gender and the FA felt very short and he completely avoided the political nature of the banned women s football namely that matches were fundraisers for war charities and doesn t even address why the FA might not have taken kindly to this Yet he does devote a page to David Beckham so it s not as though Goldblatt wanted to avoid the detailI really expected to enjoy this and the foundations were there I gather Goldblatt is eft wing but despite comments on the distribution of wealth he was balanced on fan ownership than When. Rom the goals to the players to the managers to the money Goldblatt describes how the English Premier League EPL was forged in Margaret Thatcher's Britain by an alliance of the big clubs Arsenal Liverpool Manchester United Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur the Football Association and Rupert Murdoch's Sky TV Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon traces the momentous economic social and political changes of post Thatcherite Britain in a illuminating manner than soccer and. I wish I d thought
Of ItGoldblatt Is Thorough And itGoldblatt is thorough and as always no fault to be found in his research But at times I felt stuck in a well written sociology thesis built on the standard academicpop political framework for modern Britain the assumption that Margaret Thatcher s tenure destroyed everything that once was good and true
Britain wrenching its destiny from the social democratic paradise that should have been Goldblatt assumes the unassailable truth of this narrative and slots the football in neatly along that trackDoes it work Sure the view of modern football as denatured is such a well worn path Goldblatt s task becomes simply matching parallel if tired narratives But why couldn t he offer something different or at Make Ink: A Foragers Guide to Natural Inkmaking least an attempt at persuasion with an implicit acknowledgment of differing viewsA open mind might haveet Goldblatt see broader benefits to the middle class ization of football his admission to decreasing acceptance of public xenophobia and ethnic intolerance almost feels backhanded within the sea of woe Denunciations of changing supporter demographics always strike me as Clandestino: In Search of Manu Chao loaded are new supporters simultaneously damned for not watching what came before and damned for signing on now Entertaining the idea that football s positive market signals of the 1990s and 2000sike Thatcher s governments Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, long tenure could have been traceable to truly positive developments rather than cynical commercialpolitical manipulation would have made for a better book and an argument we don t see regularly from the WSCGuardian smart set NB The American publisher s subtitle does a disservice to Goldblatt s work The Premier League is a factor in his analysis but not at all the center that emphasis mis sells the book Presumably someone decided the US name recognition of the EPL brand would help sales vs the accuracy of English football or a translation to soccer but it was a poor choice I usually say soccer but this book is so closely bound to English culture the American usage felt out of place even in a review If you reooking to read a book that ties the formation of the Premier League to the rise and fall of Thacherism in Britain this is the book for you But be warned this is not a sports book It s sociology through the A Fine Mouse Band lens of football only a history in the sense that it references things that happened in the past in order to make a point It s a cogent book but I occasionally found Goldblatt s thinking hard to pin down as much as he seems to appreciate the slightlyess racistsexist world of football today I get the sense that he d trade all that progress for the pre Premier League fan culture Brilliance A simple word to describe the immaculate amount of great research and effort put The Game of Our Lives is a masterly portrait of soccer and contemporary Britain Soccer in the United Kingdom has evolved from a jaded working class tradition to a sport at the heart of popular culture from an economic mess to a booming entertainment industry that has conuered the world The changes in the game David Goldblatt shows uncannily mirror the evolution of British societyIn the 1980s soccer was described as a slum game played by slum people in slum stadiums Su. Nto the making of this book Good job David Goldblatt this is certainly a great accomplishment for all competitors to reckon with A must read book for football fans even though it won t tell them much they don t know already about what s happened to football in the The Vanishing Hours last 25 years The sad fact is that however scandalous and incompetent football s ruling elites are however venal money grubbing and overpaid football managers and players are and however overhyped and overpriced premiereague football is once you get hooked from childhood and devoted to following your team it s impossible to give it all up in disgustThe only saving grace and it s not really any comfort as David Goldblatt so elouently shows is that what has happened to football has merely mirrored what s been happening in the rest of society This would have been a MUCH better book if Goldblatt had Horse Sense left the section on Northern Irish football out of it Why Simply because with this section he completely undoes the feeling you have previously in the book of it been well thought out and thoroughly well researched the section on Northern Irish football isittered with factual inaccuracies and coloured throughout with Goldblatt s own personal views on the given situations being described which has a distinctive pro Irish Nationalist taint he has every right to hold those views but it is disappointing to see his own views take away from the factual accuracy of what he is discussingOtherwise this is an interesting read though you get the impression that he has perhaps bitten off than he can chew as some subjects seem to get brushed on without much he has perhaps bitten off than he can chew as some subjects seem to get brushed on without much frankly this book could have been twice the ength it is due to the myriad of topics available under it s title Essentially a sociology of English football I read this a few months ago and recall uite enjoying it but being slightly disappointed by the ending where the author sums theAbout Britain Wrenching Its Destiny
whole book up through a rather tokenistic four page conclusion Definitely worth a ook if you re prepared tobook up through a rather tokenistic four page conclusion Definitely worth a The Making of Goldeneye look if you re prepared to time for a football read though Lots of great content and information well researched and written with occasionally moments of wit and sharp cultural insights The first chapter had me thinking I was going to absolutelyove the book but it ended up being good but not greatUnfortunately the book felt scattered and poorly organized There doesn t seem to be any thesis or through Women of the Otherworld Series Collection (Women of the Otherworld, lineike selected topics in English football Because of this the whole book
Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts Chapters Someless than the sum of its parts chapters Some veer completely of course from their presumed topic after just a page or two Scooby-Doo! and the Farmyard Fright leaving you wondering what you are reading about and why I highly recommend the first chapter to those who want toearn about the bu. Ch was the transformation over the following twenty five years that novelists politicians poets and bankers were all declaring their footballing oyalties At one point the Palace et it be known that the ueen Star Wars like her mother Prince Harry the chief rabbi and the archbishop of Canterbury was an Arsenal fan Soccer permeated the nationalife Border Peel (Marjorie, likeittle else an atavistic survivor decked out in New Britain flash a social democratic game in a cutthroat profit driven worldF. .