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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Dozens of violent encounters at each game?

Among the Thugs Summary & Study Guide

That in itself is even more disturbing. We’ve noticed you’re adblocking. While others have broached the topic, Buford comes from an American perspective, which in the s meant little understanding of football. Thhe was also hard not to wonder about the person who would do this to his body. He isn’t self-aggrandizing at all, anywhere – if anything he represents himself as somewhat cowardly, doubtful, and confused by his own motivations before deciding entirely that the scene isn’t worth the trouble, and greater insights aren’t nill be had by spending further time in it.

Alexis Sanchez is ‘champing at the bit’ to revive Manchester United career. He relates both first-hand and second-hand reports of hooligan violence, ranging from beatings to stabbings to a supporter biting out the eye of a police officer.

He describes how, were they to turn on you, they would turn on you in a pack. A New Yorker writer, Buford is the straight man to the crazy brutal violent world around him and he tells how he got sucked in only to emerge lucky to keep his life. Reading someone who feels the same way I do can be comforting at times, but it’s not the best use of reading time.


He’s a witty and sharp writer, keeps the investigation moving, and only An absolutely stunning work of reportage. Sports Direct discount code.

The book elegantly examines the process by which the boundaries toward violent escalation are transgressed. Recommended for afficionados of British working class culture.

Status does not matter in the crowd, your profession ammong salary falls to the wayside. I got to know and experience this world, firsthand, through Buford’s words and suggest you do the same. Only Bill Buford could take subject matter so disturbing and write about it in a way that is both sensitive and compelling.

Among The Thugs

Get Among the Thugs from Amazon. I have not read that many books but the ones that I did get from cover to cover were all really exceptional books with the exception of one. It takes something willing to go pretty far to call it one of the most intense reads I’ve ever had. Buford came back to the seen after some time away from the matches and the lad culture that had been so much a part of the football firms had been replaced by a lad culture concerned with drugs, Acid house parties, and local music scenes.

Sep 10, Anders rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A somewhat ridiculous evil, but an evil bjll the less.

Crowds are primitive, barbaric. Thompson did for the Hells Angels.

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Buford’s first topic is the crowd itself, human individuality compressed into the herd, submerged in the crush, the chanting, the mass of movements. The violence directed at others and property, in the context of the UK, is created by the inability of the hooligans to direct it at each other, i. Anyone can be a leader and anyone can be thw follower, a soldier.


Sometimes it’s the high voltage type that could overheat.

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Jacob, to whom I have already lent it. Both these squads were formed in the late Nineteenth Century by shipyard workers, from rival companies.

It took a few years but the violence began to melt away.

Its not about Football or “English” Hooligans but about a society striving to stubbornly survive its barbaric history and prideful traditions; to feel alive by any cost in life; its desperate need to be heard; and the terrifically scary transition of ego to power of the congregation. His thuvs of how the sound of glass breaking animates a crowd and lends an aural stimulant to escalate violence is incredibly evocative.

For the full review, please see this link There are two kinds of violence in Among the Thugs. Buford is one of the whipped people.

A riot directed towards a hosting city would be unusual. The rioting scenes are very well written and still, to me, quite unimaginable. By the one thousand supporters behind me: But like a car accident, amongg just can’t look away.