Among the Thugs

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Vintage Departures, 1991 - History - 317 pages
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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.

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Crazy insight about fulbol culture in Engalnd - Goodreads
... discrimination, judgment. - Goodreads
Buford's writing style is engaging and intelligent. - Goodreads
It wasn't a page turner but nevertheless interesting. - Goodreads
But I have to say, the ending delivers a - Goodreads
Buford is really good at writing in slow motion. - Goodreads
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great book about English hooliganism.

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What a truly dreadful pile of dung. It is obvious that most of what Burford writes is hearsay or a 3rd or 4th hand account. Absurd and awful. The tales told are so out of character and unbelievable ... Read full review



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About the author (1991)

Bill Buford is an author and New Yorker staff writer, as well as the founding editor of Granta, which he edited for 16 years. His books include Among the Thugs and Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as a Kitchen Slave. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

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