Among The Thugs

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Random House, Jan 25, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
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*** Before Running with the Firm came Among the Thugs - the bestselling classic account of football violence in English football ***

Welcome to the world of football thuggery.

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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User Review  - ghr4 - LibraryThing

This is a powerful exposť of the crowd violence that prominently infected English football in the latter part of the 20th century. But as shown by the epigraphs preceding each chapter, the problem ... Read full review

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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

This is a book of immersion journalism. After witnessing an act of random football (soccer) violence, Buford decided to investigate the phenomenon of football hooliganism in England in the early 1990 ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Bill Buford is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he was previously the fiction editor for eight years. He was editor-in-chief for Granta magazine for sixteen years and was also the publisher of Granta Books. He is the author of Heat. He lives in Lyon.