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The Game of Our Lives

The Game of Our Lives

The English Premier League and the Making of Modern Britain

The Game of Our Lives is a masterly portrait of contemporary Britain through the lens of soccer. In the last two decades soccer in the United Kingdom has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very center of British popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry that has conquered the world. What does it mean when soccer becomes so central to the private and public lives of the British people? Has it enriched this island nation or impoverished it?

From the goals, to the players, to the managers, to the money, David Goldblatt describes how the English Premier League was forged by Margaret Thatcher’s Britain and an alliance of the big clubs — Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur — the Football Association and Rupert Murdoch's Sky TV. He identifies the real winners and losers in this extraordinary period, and explains how soccer has closely mirrored the wider political and social scene.

Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon tracks 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 — most popular soccer league in the world.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Soccer

On Sale: November 11th 2014

Price: $11.99 / $14.99 (CDN)

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 9781568585079

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Praise

“Readers curious about why people around the world care so deeply about teams made up of mercenary, millionaire strangers and owned by billionaire businessmen will find some answers in Goldblatt's analysis.” —Bill Littlefield, The Boston Globe

"[Goldblatt] writes about soccer with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic....[He] has written not just the best soccer book in many years but an exemplary account of the changing character of British society in the post-Thatcher era.” —David Runciman, The Wall Street Journal

“[D]eeply researched and worth the read for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of both English football, and English society in general.” Men In Blazers, newsletter recommendation

“David Goldblatt's The Game of Our Lives offers an enlightening, enriching experience…it is based on a formidable range of sources, acute personal observation and a pleasingly pithy, sardonic turn of phrase. Not all football writers know their stuff, let alone the socio-economic context, but Goldblatt truly does…altogether, this is an exceptional book” —David Kynaston, The Guardian

“It is difficult to describe in words what an outstanding storyteller and incomparable researcher David Goldblatt is." —Kartik Krishnaiyer, World Soccer Talk

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