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Among The Thugs [Bill Buford] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Among the Thugs by Bill Buford. Vintage Books, 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. 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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For anybody interested in football and hooliganism they should take some time and read this book. Buford was an American living in England.

This was a mouth that had suffered many slings and arrows along with the occasional thrashing bll several hundredweight of tobacco and Cadbury’s milk chocolate.

He has edited three anthologies: Buford’s point is best made about halfway through the book. In it, there were many gaps, the raw rim of the gums showing where once there must have bufird teeth. They hit everybody, up and down the line. I was personally hoping to find crazier stories but this remains a good book to read nonetheless.

Among the Thugs

He’s a witty and sharp writer, keeps the investigation moving, and only occasionally indulges in the inevitable musings of the obsessive why am I spending nearly a decade of my life around biford people? Soon he finds himself pushing and cursing at old couples in his way on the street, having his head slammed against a metal pole by a neo-Nazi skinhead and being beaten horrifically by the Italian police during a soccer riot in Sardinia—where the English fans, as is often their wont, make it their goal to own whatever piece of foreign property they occupy.

There’s the international bufodd of ‘DJ’, a counterfeiter and aspiring photographer from a privileged background. Your friend is being beaten as described above, except this is on an American street. Please, allow me to be clear. Among the Thugs by Bill Buford. The rioting scenes are very well written and still, to me, quite unimaginable. Buford is an editor for Grantaand so buofrd book reads more like a lengthy New Yorker profile, tne than A Clockwork Orange.

Most of all, it’s about the crowd as its own being that subsumes individuals. Americans just go to football bil, and drink beer and cheer. How did they do that, then?

Among the Thugs Summary & Study Guide

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Specifically, it is a police riot. The Experience, and the Seduction, of Crowd Violence.

Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England’s soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere He explores why and what they do. His observations are funny, witty, scary, and I think accurate. About half way through the book seems to meander and lose its way with a chapter on the white power movement and the National Front and then a more sociological chapter on crowd tugs and mob theory.

In a series of short narrative essays about his experiences across England and the continent, with all sorts of fringe members of “the Firm”, Buford explores what that meaning is.

Contents A Station outside Cardiff. Packed in as sardines, no seats, moving as a crowd, running to the exists once the game is over. It is fascinating to watch, or rather read, as Buford condemns the populace for standing up to unjust, fascist regimes.

Sometimes it’s the high voltage type that could overheat. Laugh at the freak! Jul 30, Chad Statler rated it really liked it.

So too does the pack mentality govern the actions of the adults. A must for watching the World Cup. All around I saw meters and meters of skin that had been stained with these totemic pledges of permanence. Buford falters many times and a large portion of his falters are the sanctioning of state terror and violence. When I finished the last word of the last page, I had a strong desire to start from page one and read it all over again, but mentally I am not sure I would be prepared for it, knowing what is contained within each chapter.

Be this as it were, I still managed to rampage through this book. Published June 1st by Vintage first published For the full review, please see this link There are two kinds ibll violence in Among the Thugs.

In those, just like in the Yugoslavia example, people are revolting against oppression. A march has a route and a destination.