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Manchester United: The Biography: The complete story of the world's greatest football club

Jim White

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Prose: non-fiction, Sports & outdoor recreation, Football (Soccer, Association football)

The story of the biggest football club in the world - covers everything from the birth of the club through to the 2008 Champions' League final in Moscow.

Manchester United: The Biography will do for the football team what Peter Ackroyd did for London in his huge bio of the same name. The book follows the club s extraordinary journey from its birth in the railway works of Newton Heath to its current status as Premier League and European champions.

The key stages in United s history will, of course, be covered: the Munich Air Crash of 1958, which saw the best part of an entire team (the Busby Babes) being killed; becoming the first English team to win the European Cup in 1968 (with Bobby Charlton and George Best); the dominance of the club in the Premiership; the controversial sale to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer, right up to Moscow 2008. But by drawing on the recollections of everyone from players and managers to fans and backroom staff, Jim has unearthed enough new material to interest die-hard fans and casual supporters alike.

A fascinating history of a remarkable football club, by one of Britain's best-known and most popular sports writers.

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Praise for Manchester United: The Biography: The complete story of the world's greatest football club

  • A rich and thoroughly enjoyable tapestry - Sunday Business Post

  • All encompassing yet readable - Irish Times

  • When historians 1,000 years from now try to fathom the cult of Manchester United Football Club, White will be a good place to start - Financial Times

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Jim White

Jim White writes on sport for the DAILY TELEGRAPH, presents Scottish Television's Champions' League coverage and is movie critic of WORD magazine.

Jim White was brought up in Manchester, educated at Manchester Grammar School and on the terraces of Old Trafford. After a degree in English at Bristol University, he became a freelance magazine writer specialising in pop music, before joining the launch team at the INDEPENDENT in 1986. Ten years later he decamped to the GUARDIAN, before taking a right turn to the TELEGRAPH in 2003. He has worked extensively for both BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 (winning a Sony Gold Award in 2001) and for BBC television (including a stint as reporter on BBC2's Travel Show) and has written and presented a number of television documentaries, including an RTS-nominated examination of the Jose Mourinho 'phenomenon'. He has also published several books about football issues, including the award-winning ARE YOU WATCHING, LIVERPOOL?, the inside story of Manchester United's 1993-94 season.

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