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 the all-seater stadiums and the soaring prices, plus the beatific state of mind achievable at beats per minute, solved what had previously been seen as ugly and intractable. The police become the thugs that Buford so denigrates, but Buford does not think of them as thugs.

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To him, they are evil. The descriptions of the people bfuord the violence are spot on. This is a truncated review due to character limitations. He witnesses their crimes as well as participates in their horrific acts and finds himself enticed to violence and fascinated by crowd violence.

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A picket line is precisely itself: Oct 16, Shannon Windham rated it it was amazing. Jun 23, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: The officer is whipping the crowd they have not committed violence yet in the face with the chain. The book also suffers because, after years of spending time with the hooligans, Buford has gotten sick and tired of them, understandably.


That was on the terraces. I know that is how it is in real life, but is that how it is in nonfiction? It was, however, an easy one, and it consisted in this: If Thompson needed to be jumped by Hells Angels to have the perfect ending for his book then Buford found his own way to perhaps unintentionally outdo Thompson.

Read his description of watching the police video of the Hillsdale disaster.

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It shook the whole nation. He also seemed amazed that scores fewer police are needed to control the crowds and that generally speaking everybody who comes to a game has a paid ticket. Jun 10, Vince Tuss rated it really liked it.

Packed in as sardines, no seats, moving as a crowd, running to the exists once the game is over. Basically, he gets your heart pumping from time to time.

Jul 30, Chad Statler rated it really liked it. In discussing this issue with a friend, we both expressed surprise.

How did they do that, then? Sports Direct discount code. Only the poor do evil things Well put together young man?

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Anyone can be a leader and anyone can be a follower, a soldier. A New Yorker writer, Buford is the straight man to the crazy brutal violent thugx around him and he tells how he got sucked in only to emerge lucky to keep his life. His description of how the sound of glass breaking animates a crowd and lends an aural stimulant to escalate violence is incredibly evocative.


A march has a route and a destination. He’s actually a sociologist who doesn’t understand British sports. These were hard nuts like the Inter-City Firm from West Ham who yould beat the daylights out of you and leave you broken, bleeding and barfing in a back alley but always remember to leave a smartly printed business card in one of your pockets sa I’d forgotten about this one. Buford is also an American, and so he brings this perspective to his book.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. If being part of a crowd is transforming, being part of a violent mob is ecstatic: Nov 02, Amie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The police are acting like thugs, but are afforded special privileges, privileges Buford has no problems with.