[✓ Among the Thugs || ¾ PDF Read by ✓ Bill Buford] #2020

  • Title: Among the Thugs
  • Author: Bill Buford
  • ISBN: 9780099416340
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback

  • Among the Thugs By Bill Buford The acclaimed bestseller over 63,000 copies sold in paperback now reissued with a new cover What kind of man spends his Saturday afternoons with people named Bonehead, Paraffin Pete and Steamin Sammy Bill Buford s acclaimed Among the Thugs is a book about the experience and the attractions of crowd violence.
    Bill Buford
    Bill Buford is an American author and journalist Buford is the author of the books Among the Thugs and Heat An Amateur s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante Quoting Butcher in Tuscany.

    Among the Thugs By Bill Buford


    Paul Bryant
    I d forgotten about this one It s hilarious, in a grim kind of way, which is how hilarious should be Expat American infiltrates the notorious English football hooligan sub culture of the late 80s early 90s, you may remember those horrible violent yobs These were hard nuts like the Inter City Firm from West Ham who yould beat the daylights out of you and leave you broken, bleeding and barfing in a back alley but always remember to leave a smartly printed business card in one of your pockets sayin [...]

    A stunning work of non fiction, Among the Thugs chronicles Buford s attempts to understand the English phenomenon of soccer hooliganism by immersing himself into its characters, events, and lifestyles He starts as an outsider, an American living in London for many years without ever attending a soccer game Intrigued by the stories of violence and lawlessness the games ignite in the supporters of the teams, he sets out to understand how and why so many young and working class people are continuou [...]

    HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION I can say without hesitation that this is the best of the 55 books I ve read this year It s gonzo style journalism at its very best funny, horrific, impertinent, robust and insightful by turns it one ups Hunter S Thompson and does for English soccer hooligans what HST did for Hell s Angels in his classic book on same It s not just a read but an overwhelming experience intensely engaging and memorable I doubt I ll ever forget about Mickey and Sammy and Rod and DJ and Harry, [...]

    The English disease in all its gory This book does a wonderful job of reporting and commenting on the horror of soccer crowds For me, this comes after a six month fascination with soccer violence There is very little to explain why hooligans do what they do, but what interests me is that this is a problem that seems to effect most western civilized nations except the good old U S of A In discussing this issue with a friend, we both expressed surprise Surprise not in the predictable rioting of sp [...]

    Bill Buford, an American export to Britain, began an exploration of sports violence after he had the misfortune to take a train that was being systematically destroyed by hundreds of Liverpool soccer team supporters the police seemingly unable to control the riot, indeed as afraid as the other passengers There is a particularly savage image of a drunk supporter, as Buford calls the hooligans, throwing lighted matches on the shoes of a well to do businessman riding in first class, perhaps hoping [...]

    At its finer moments, Among the Thugs conveys a powerful and contagious desire for violence Maybe this is easier to do than I realize many Hollywood films fill me with bloodlust and I ve got enough disdain for hooligans to think they deserve one another but Buford walks a fine line He s keenly aware that he could write a jaw breaking work of pure sadistic voyeurism but he largely refrains from doing so He dips into the mayhem enough to establish his credibility and by highlighting instances with [...]

    As was the case with Heat, Buford is overly conversational really never a reason to put I must admit in writing and in need of a friend with a red pen I didn t need to be told, I was told might be clever, but it is not reader friendly writing It would have been interesting to read this book in its time, since the Hillsborough disaster changed so much, and for that matter a follow up, even a brief one in the New Yorker would be compelling Still, although I know it was part of the plan to convey t [...]

    Note This is a truncated review due to character limitations For the full review, please see this linkThere are two kinds of violence in Among the Thugs.The first is the violence we, the reading and civilized public, are supposed to abhor violence perpetrated by the football soccer hooligans.The second kind of violence is that perpetrated by the police forces against protesters of all stripes, including those football hooligans, American author Bill Buford all but outright states is an entirely [...]

    Peter Derk
    It takes something willing to go pretty far to call it one of the most intense reads I ve ever had Among The Thugs makes it in there, easy.The premise is Buford, an American living in the UK, starts following football soccer In the late 80 s and early 90 s, this was not an easy thing to do This was a violent, crowd ruled thing.In one short chapter, Buford talks to a police captain who can t believe that in the States, at a football game, people show up shortly before the game as opposed to rolli [...]

    I originally read Among the Thugs last year, but with a potentially lengthy amount of hospital time looming, I decided to return to it, just because it was such a page turner Thankfully the hospital visit turned out to only be out patient surgery and also thankfully, the surgery went as well as could be hoped Be this as it were, I still managed to rampage through this book As my girlfriend will testify, I spend too much time reading about soccer football debatable and other sports probably true [...]

    The grittier version of Fever Pitch That was on the terraces This is in the streets around the stadium Most of all, it s about the crowd as its own being that subsumes individuals.I just missed the worst of English football violence But I ve been among those crowds on matchday and there is something electric about them And not always the buzzy feel good electric Sometimes it s the high voltage type that could overheat Bill Buford captures that feeling and, a little chillingly, sometimes makes it [...]

    Vince Tuss
    I wish I would have read this when I first came across it in 1994, but I am glad to have done it now Along with the senselessness of the English lad football fan, I found a cogent analysis of the Brexit vote Published in 1990 How little changes.

    Chad Statler
    Bill Buford has done for English soccer hooligans what Hunter S Thompson did for the Hells Angels Buford s style is clearly gonzo He immerses himself into the world and culture of various football firms and their supporters in England There he observes the violence, drinking, parochialism, and nationalism of some of these supporters.One scene I thought was interesting was when Buford speaking with a police chief about football violence and the chief seemed incredulous that in the US football gam [...]

    I don t know if all of it is factually true, but it was a great reading and gives pointers for further research.

    Moira Burke
    Ira Glass recommended this biography of soccer hooligans erm, football supporters in England in the 1980s Buford is an editor for Granta, and so the book reads like a lengthy New Yorker profile, rather than A Clockwork Orange Thus, the violence is palatable because it s sheathed in a discussion of group psychology It s fascinating how men with decent paying jobs revel in freeloading in fact, being on the jib while traveling to playoffs implies that the fans not only don t spend money but make a [...]

    Shannon Windham
    In the book department, this has been a pretty great year 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 This however, is not that exception Among the Thugs will be a book that wont let me forget it It kept be gasping for air page by page from the alley chases and bar brawls, laughing out loud from the brilliantly timed interjections of humor, and shrieking to avoid reading another word of its grotesque [...]

    Surprise I really loved this book Bill Buford, the American born editor of Granta, is a clearly a great bloke Willing to mix it up, get loathed and rat arsed, with thugs and hooligans to find out about the psychology of crowd violence And how interesting is that It isn t individual sadism, but group think gone off He writes beautifully His observations are funny, witty, scary, and I think accurate Soccer thugs apparently like England, The Queen, violence, the Falkland Islands, Margaret Thatcher [...]

    An absolutely stunning work of reportage Buford immerses himself in the scary, stupid, and bewildering world of soccer hooligans a task that involves attending a National Front ie fascist disco, consuming vast quantities of greasy pub food with warm lager, and rioting The vividly drawn characters are dysfunctional and often despicable, but Buford is a fair witness, finding things to like about them as well as detest He s a witty and sharp writer, keeps the investigation moving, and only occasion [...]

    Just in time for the World Cup I always wondered what drove these guys to go crazy and trash the cities they went to soccer games in Buford, an American, meets up with a few of them in bars near the stadiums He s in Manchester, the most unruly of the fan clubs live there He s actually a sociologist who doesn t understand British sports Americans just go to football games and drink beer and cheer These guys like to beat each other up He explores why and what they do Most of them have decent blue [...]

    Only Bill Buford could take subject matter so disturbing and write about it in a way that is both sensitive and compelling Considering I have virtually no knowledge or interest in sports in general and football soccer in particular and am generally squeamish about violence, the fact I found this book such a great read is impressive Buford offers up several theories for why these hooligans who are by and large normal law abiding citizens by day commit unspeakable acts of violence in the name of s [...]

    Peter Knox
    Loved the gonzo style immersion journalism into the holy world of soccer hooliganism Really well written and funny.What Hunter S Thompson did for 1960s motorcycle gangs, Bill Buford here does for 1980s English soccer fan culture and it s well worth reading if that interests you as it did me 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 Lots of wonderful story telling around the [...]

    The book is very well written and fascinating in parts It suffers because it is really two books, an up close and personal account of soccer hooliganism and an examination of crowds and crowd violence The two rarely mesh into one narrative The book also suffers because, after years of spending time with the hooligans, Buford has gotten sick and tired of them, understandably But since he s no longer interested in the topic, it s hard for the readers to stay involved The book is definitely worth r [...]

    Marco Pavan
    I have overall liked the book It provides tons of insights about crowd violence and how hooliganism developed in the U.K And in other areas of the world but mostly U.K and most important why it developed and what patterns followedHe reason for the 3 stars is that the prose is at time clumsy and some digressions are way too long.I was personally hoping to find crazier stories but this remains a good book to read nonetheless

    This book provided me with my weekly dose of gratuitous violence, similar I suppose to the chair throwing on Jerry Springer or, better yet, an episode of pro wrestling I can t really say that I learned that much from reading this other than to completely avoid public transportation in London on a match day, lest the train bus I m riding be hijacked by drunken, angry louts that want to beat me silly because I made the mistake of looking at them.

    Martha Moffett
    This was, as promised, an unnerving book Buford joined these fans, mostly working class British men, young to middle age, who congregated at football games and, crowd empowered, unleashed violence on all around them Makes me think about the vicarious pleasure I get from watching pro football here on my TV, and safely at home.

    In 2006, after their team was knocked out of the World Cup, I saw a rioting Swiss football crowd beat up the opposing team s supporters they moved on to people of color after some time and destroy property I now understand why my friends were concerned for our safety Next time, I will make sure to run away from violent crowds as fast as I can.

    Brilliant, in depth narrative that is at times very difficult to read There were times I actually had to put this down and walk away, a sure sign of a book with impact Buford takes the edge off the violence with a dry, well timed sense of humor Highly recommended, even for Americans unfamiliar with the history of English football culture.

    fascinating look at english football thugs author travels with them in their scary drunken world author has since moved to nyc, writes for a big mag there and has apprenticed himself to rural Italian chefs and butchers.

    Vel Veeter
    This book is so great Bill Buford goes to write about soccer hooligans in England in the 1980s and gets accepted into their core He doesn t write in a sympathetic or like he s gone native but he definitely clearly seeks to understand and explain He also clearly has an affection for various individuals he meets along the way, lies in approval of white supremacy England National Fronters, and finds himself glad to see his friends when he gets separated in one of the worst soccer riots in the decad [...]

    An explosion of violence generated by crowds A search for meaning in the behavior of soccer hooligans that ends somewhere between culture and primal instincts Individuals give themselves over to the crowd Never does one feel alive than when engaged in violent acts Consciousness gets stripped away A need is served, but it s base level, not intellectual Young white males are bored and want to feel alive Others, like the National Front, seek to manipulate the power of the crowd It makes me think q [...]

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