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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The violence directed at others and property, in the context of the UK, is tjugs by the inability of the hooligans to direct it at each other, i.

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Thr just missed the worst of English football violence. It is an undeniable fact that by all nill measures, attending a football game in England is a terrible way to spend a Saturday after Among the Thugs stands next The Te Angels as an unflinching look at a violent male subculture, in this case the classic English football hooligan of the s.

If ever a book could haunt me, this would be the one. At work the other day, while watching City play United in the Manchester derby, I tried to explain to a co-worker why there was so much enmity between the two teams.

The conditions are appalling, but essential: Too many times Buford told us he didn’t know the outcome of something. There’s also a chance of random violence at the hands of supporters of the other team, of the police, or the crowd itself.

Visit our adblocking instructions page. That was in Loved the gonzo style immersion journalism into the holy world of soccer hooliganism. Sports Direct discount code.


The two rarely mesh into one narrative. I wrote many notes while reading the book, but rather than engage in confused analysis I would direct you posthaste to the book itself. He also suggests that crowds cannot be incited to violence against their will, contrary to the belief that otherwise pacific crowds can be stirred to violence by a persuasive leader. A stabbing at a football game would be unbelievably rare in the States, and in fact, it’s a lot more likely that a player will get a concussion on the field than it is that a player will get one in the stands.

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Surprise not in the predictable riot The English disease in all its gory. I know that is how it is in real life, but is that how it is in nonfiction? While an interesting look at the violence among football supporters of England, this amony is, at heart, an examination of what occurs during crowd violence and how such violence erupts to destroy and kill anything in its path.

They have grievances, and the grievances has extended beyond the breaking point. I really ths this book. Retrieved June 17, I got to know and experience this world, firsthand, through Buford’s words and suggest you do the same. The grittier version of Fever Pitch. He witnesses their crimes as well as participates in their horrific acts and finds himself enticed to violence and fascinated by crowd violence.

Out here in buvord “normal” world, drinking 8 liters of wine in the morning, attending white power discos, and throwing bricks through windshields all seem outlandish.


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xmong Feb 13, Stefani rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bill Buford captures that feeling and, a little chillingly, sometimes The grittier version of Fever Pitch. View all subscription options. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. It was, however, an easy one, and it consisted in this: And to think I went to a FA cup final injust at the height of the violent era – was spat on, peed on, squashed and excoriated.

OK with Buford, but with you? Out here in th The most incredible thing about this book is the character studies. It takes something willing to go pretty far to call it one of the most intense reads I’ve ever had.

Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Nov 01, Alejo rated it it was amazing Shelves: But, more often than not, Buford turns soberingly away from the spectacles that he spends dozens of pages deftly working up to. In federal law, the difference is so stark that just landing a buuford blow on a federal cop could mean 10 years in federal prison.

He is beaten up twice by the police, once when caught with the rioting English supporters in Sardinia, where he was beaten for several minutes. I was surprised by what I found; moreover, because I came thuga with a knowledge that I had not possessed before, I was also grateful, and surprised by that as well.