Category: Books

A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusion, National Characters: Tim Parks: 9781559706285: Amazon.com: Books

A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusion, National Characters: Tim Parks: 9781559706285: Amazon.com: Books.

Another great book. At least, I’d recommend because I liked it.

It’s all about Hellas Verona during the 2000/01 Serie A season and talk about various events in Italy during that time as well. It almost felt like a fiction book but it most certainly isn’t.

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Amazon.com: Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World’s Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power (9781568586335): Simon Kuper: Books

Amazon.com: Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World’s Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power (9781568586335): Simon Kuper: Books.

Here’s another one I read a long time ago and forgot to share. It was originally published in the early 90’s but is still a fantastic, educating read. I can’t say much more about the book considering how long ago I read it, but I’d certainly recommend it. Simon Kuper is one of the writers of Soccernomics by the way.

Amazon.com: Among the Thugs (9780679745358): Bill Buford: Books

Amazon.com: Among the Thugs (9780679745358): Bill Buford: Books.

I’ve meant to post about different football books I’ve read so we’re starting that back up.

I read this a long time ago and it’s one of the first books in what I hope to be a very large football-based book library.

I can’t pinpoint specific points of interest off the top of my head because of how long ago I read it but it was a really great read, and a great piece of reporting. It’s from a long ago time in English football and if “Green Street Hooligans” or “Football Factory” come to mind then you’re on the right track.

So Paddy got up – an Arsenal anthology(Arsenal book)

So Paddy got up – an Arsenal anthology | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog.

So, I’m a bit behind the 8-ball as far as this book is concerned which comes from the creator, and main contributor, of probably the premier Arsenal blog, Arseblog.com.

It’s a fantastic piece of work on Arsenal looking at the club’s past, top players, finances, tactics and plenty of interesting pieces throughout. I’d recommend it to any Arsenal fan despite some of the pieces on events around the club in 2011, when the book was initially published.

Some personal favorites from the 26 chapters include;

4. Dennis(I hope there’s not a question about which Denis)

5. Highbury v Emirates(Been to the Emirates. Unbeaten in all appearances)

7. Herbert Chapman(He absolutely changed the fortunes of the club)

12. Arsene Wenger and Tactics

15.  Wembley. Bastard Wembley(Birmingham City. 2011 Carling Cup. I need not go further)

17. On Arsenal’s Finances: A Game of Two Halves

18. Supporting Arsenal From Afar(Done so all my life)

21. Glory Days(Asks a good question about how one can feel supporting Arsenal through good and bad)

26. We’re on Our Way( A recap of that wonderful, wonderful 05/06 Champions League run. Good times)

 

Going through this book, I gained an even greater appreciation for the level of knowledge and passion portrayed by the authors. I increased my knowledge of certain aspects of the club, and went on a great trip down memory lane. I know I bring a lot of presumably pessimistic views of Arsenal in current times but I still love the Gunners dearly. If you read the Glory Days chapter you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Again, I suggest this to any and all Arsenal fans, old and new.

(Fingers crossed for good news tomorrow)