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The Game of Our Lives: The English Premier League and the Making of Modern Britain
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Nation Books
Publication date November 11, 2014
Pages 338
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781568585062
ISBN-10 1568585063
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $26.99
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The Game of Our Lives is a masterly portrait of soccer and contemporary Britain. Soccer in the United Kingdom has evolved from a jaded, working-class tradition to a sport at the heart of popular culture, from an economic mess to a booming entertainment industry that has conquered the world. The changes in the game, David Goldblatt shows, uncannily mirror the evolution of British society.

In the 1980s, soccer was described as a slum game played by slum people in slum stadiums. Such was the transformation over the following twenty-five years that novelists, politicians, poets, and bankers were all declaring their footballing loyalties. At one point, the Palace let it be known that the queen—like her mother, Prince Harry, the chief rabbi, and the archbishop of Canterbury—was an Arsenal fan. Soccer permeated the national life like little else, an atavistic survivor decked out in New Britain flash, a social democratic game in a cutthroat, profit-driven world.

From the goals, to the players, to the managers, to the money, Goldblatt describes how the English Premier League (EPL) was forged in Margaret Thatcher's Britain by an alliance of the big clubs—Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur—the Football Association, and Rupert Murdoch's Sky TV. Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon traces the momentous economic, social, and political changes of post-Thatcherite Britain in a more illuminating manner than soccer, and The Game of Our Lives provides the definitive social history of the EPL—the most popular soccer league in the world.

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from Nation Books (November 11, 2014)
9781568585062 | details & prices | 338 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $26.99
About: The Game of Our Lives is a masterly portrait of soccer and contemporary Britain.
With Lucy Gordon | Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (July 1, 1995); titled "Seduced by Innocence"
9780373596270 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $18.95
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from Nation Books (November 24, 2015)
9781568585161 | details & prices | 338 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.96 lbs | List price $16.99
About: Winner of the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year AwardThe Game of Our Lives is a masterly portrait of soccer and contemporary Britain.

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