Among the Thugs (Vintage Departures) (Paperback)

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For fans of soccer, yes, but probably more accurately, fans of crowds. Are their fans of crowds? Well, the psychology of crowds. When the human race gathers in large numbers, strange and terrible things can happen. Mob mentality is just the start of it. Bill Buford imbeds himself into the violent and irrational hive mind of English football "supporters" as they spend their weekends traveling from town to town, leaving a wake of destruction and unaccountability. A disturbing portrait of the power of the herd.

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They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson.

About the Author


Bill Buford is a staff writer and the European correspondent for The New Yorker. He was the fiction editor of the magazine for eight years, from April 1995 to December 2002. Before that Bill edited Granta magazine for 16 years and, in 1989, became the publisher of Granta Books. He has edited three anthologies: The Best of Granta TravelThe Best of Granta Reportage, and The Granta Book of the Family. Bill is also the author of Among the Thugs, a highly personal nonfiction account of crowd violence and British soccer hooliganism.

Praise For…


“A grotesque, horrifying, repellent and gorgeous book; A Clockwork Orange come to life.” —John Gregory Dunne 

"An important, perhaps prophetic, book ... both exciting and sad at the core.... [Buford is] a superbly talented reporter." —The New York Times Book Review

"Brilliant ... one of the most unnerving books you will ever read." —Newsweek

Like Michael Herr or Ryszard Kapuscinski, Buford has witnessed events which can only be compared in intensity to those of a war ... an unflinching look into the festering soul of England ... a fuckin' great read." —David Byrne

Animated, witty, and so pungent you can taste the stale lager." —Washington Post Book World


Product Details
ISBN: 9780679745358
ISBN-10: 0679745351
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 1st, 1993
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Vintage Departures