The American-born editor of the British literary magazine Granta presents a horrifying, searing account of the young British men who turn soccer matches at. Buy Among The Thugs New Ed by Bill Buford (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin’ Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester.

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So they took him. The 50 best sports books ever written. It might be different were he acting like he was some kind of official firm member, or spun a yarn about plunging a broken bottle into the face of a Italian police officer.

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When they leave, the observers must exit through narrow gates and are forced to herd together in a fashion Buford could only describe as a stampede. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I have overall liked the book. He explores why and what they do. In it, there were many gaps, the raw rim of the gums showing where once there must have been teeth. Indeed, they are fenced in often with chain linked fences topped with several rows of barbed wire curved ill towards the spectators during the match in conditions much like a stockyard.

However, in the end, he realizes the youths are simply members of the same bored working class that has always existed, and that their violence is extreme only because they have no real societal ties. He witnesses their crimes as well as participates in their horrific acts and finds himself enticed to violence and fascinated by crowd violence. Learning about these people lends individual characteristics to the faceless crowd that Buford finds himself slowly orbiting. Thankfully the hospital visit turned out to only be out-patient surgery and also thankfully, the surgery went as well as could be hoped.


Intrigued by the stories of violence and lawlessness the games ignite in the supporters of the teams, he sets out to understand how and why so many young and working-class people are continu A stunning work of non-fiction, Among the Thugs chronicles Buford’s attempts to understand the English phenomenon of soccer hooliganism by immersing himself into its characters, events, and lifestyles.

The book is very well written and fascinating thf parts. In Among the Thugs, Buford is often in sketchy situations without a safety net– in this book he participates in a number of soccer riots, attends a white power party in a pub in England, makes friends with the sketchiest thugs he can find.

Of the teeth still intact, many were chipped or split; none amog straight: I loved this book and while I found portions of it difficult to read, I found myself needing to talk about it with anyone who would listen. There’s the international hustling of ‘DJ’, a counterfeiter and aspiring photographer from a privileged background. What would you hhe Just in time for the World Cup.

Their income now puts them in the middle class, and the awkwardness of this shift has left them disaffected, in need of the jolts of adrenaline that rioting produces. Do you really believe Bill Burford infiltrated these firms?

The English disease in all its gory.

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The late Sir Bobby Robson perhaps said it best: Apr 19, Evan rated it it was amazing Shelves: For me, this comes after a six month fascination with soccer violence. Buford’s point is best made about halfway through the book. The latter group is not thugs.

He spent the next eight years going to football matches, befriending supporters, and witnessing riots, resulting in this book. The book is most interesting where he talks about the Manchester United fans, who he initially fell in with and followed around for some time.


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Only the poor do evil things Well put together young man? Buford is in several riotsbilll in Turin and at the World Cup in Sardinia. Most of them have decent blue collar jobs and do all their drinking and fighting on the weekend.

I was surprised by what I found; moreover, because I came away with a knowledge that I had not possessed before, I was also grateful, and surprised by that as well. Home News Sport Business. And you tthugs why there are all those fences around the stadiums. As was the case with Heat, Buford is overly conversational really never a reason to put “I must admit” in writing and in need of a friend with a red pen.

Buford is an editor for Grantaand so the book reads tthe like a lengthy New Yorker profile, rather than A Clockwork Orange. It gives you an insight into the underbelly of the new, media savvy, free-speech right, and where they came from. As a leaderless crowd becomes directed toward a common purpose, the leaderlessness of the crowd becomes unimportant because all the bugord of the group lose their identity.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references. Take the example of his explication of a photo from a Yugoslavian protest, of a well-dressed man dragging a tank captain out of a tank, the tank being used to break up the crowd. The same goes for drugs.

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