Welcome to the world of football thugery.
They have names like Bonehead, Paraffin Pete and Steamin’ Sammy. They like lager, football, the Queen, and themselves. They love England. They dislike the rest of the known universe.
The beautiful game remains ugly.
From following Manchster's Red Army to drinking with Skinheads, acclaimed writer Bill Buford enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of Hunter S. Thompson.
Among the Thugs is a terrifying, malevolently funny, supremely chilling book about the experience, and the eerie allure, of crowd violence and football culture.
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They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson.From the Back Cover:
"An important, perhaps prophetic, book...both exciting and sad at the core...[Buford is] a superbly talented reporter."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Brilliant...one of the most unnerving books you will ever read." -- Newsweek
Like Michael Herr or Ryszard Kapuscinski, Buford has witnessed events which can only be compared in intensity to those of a war...an unflinching look into the festering soul of England...a fuckin' great read." -- David Byrne
Animated, witty, and so pungent you can taste the stale lager." -- Washington Post Book World
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Book Description MANDARIN, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110749313285
Book Description MANDARIN. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0749313285 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.3157879