Book Review: Those Feet, by David Winner

After finishing David Winner’s book, Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, which was a great read and one that I highly recommend. I then had to find out if Winner had any other football-related books. It’s just for the fact that Winner’s writing style can capture what many don’t, a well-known background (and knowledge) of what an author is talking about or presenting. And when you’re writing a book that is both a history book and a football-related book, you have to be both a fan and a historian, Winner is both!

I’ve found out that not only Winner’s other football-related project is a book that explores both these genres, but a book that also talks about the history of English football, which I was a fan of. In his book, Those Feet: An Intimate History of English Football, Winner gives us a perfect showdown of the English football and its history. Winner talks about the humble roots of the English football, the banning era, and finally, the establishment of the premier league.

One of the best books that I’ve read, because not only this book talks about history and English football, which I love, but also has a fan/writer that can give you a perfect picture of the different times and periods that Winner discuss.

A great read, highly recommended!

Bo Ali

Book Review: First, Last and Only: Football

This book is for the hardcore football fans that want to increase their knowledge in their game. A little book, “First, Lasts, and Onlys: Football Facts from the last 150 years” is a book for the fans and written by a fan. Paul Donnelley is a huge fan of football and clearly, after reading his book, you’ll know and understand that this man knows his football and enjoys writing about it.

A fun read.. full of fun, interesting football facts that will be useful ..when bragging about knowing these facts, in front of your friends (you will be the only one who knows these facts).

You can find this book in Virgin Kuwait and other bookstores. Enjoy. Bo Ali

[Book Review] Alone in Berlin

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللهم صلِ على أشرف الخلق و المرسلين محمد و على آل بيته الطيبين الطاهرين

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

القراءة عنصر أساسي و طبيعي في دمي .. فـ من خلال القراءة أرى العالم .. و لكنني دايماً أحبذ قراءة الكتب المعلوماتية و هي التي تحتوي على المعلومة .. و لا أحبذ قرائة الرواية .. هناك طبعاً استثناءات عديدة .. و هذه الرواية أستطيع أن اصفها على أنها رواية إستثنائية بكل تأكيد

Alone In Berlin. By Hans Fallada

قصة رائعة عن أب يفقد ولده خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية .. و وسط معمعة الحرب يريد هذا الأب الحزين الإنتقام لموت ولده المأساوي .. قصة درامية رائعة تحتوي على العديد من الأحداث الغير متوقعة

كنت دائماً أمل عندما أقرأ رواية درامية .. لكن من خلال هذه الرواية .. رويت عطشي الأبدي لقراءة كل ما يتعلق بالحرب العالمية الثانية بالإضافة إلى قراءة قصة درامية مثيرة

بالإضافة إلى أن هذا الكتاب عزيز علي .. لأن قصة شرائي لهذا الكتاب .. قصة سـ تكون خالدة في قلبي و حياتي دوماً

قراءة رائعة .. و كتاب يستحق الشراء

كتابي القادم

Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football

و هو عبارة عن كتاب يروي تاريخ كرة القدم الإنجليزية .. منذ بدايتها المتواضعة و إلى يومنا هذا .. أتوقع أنني سـ أستمتع بقراءة هذا الكتاب الذي كنت أريد منذ فترة أن أبدأ فيه لحبي الأبدي لكرة القدم و لـ إنجلترا

ترقبوا تقريري لهذا الكتاب إن شاء الله


تقبلوا تحياتيـــ

بو علي

Book Review: The Batman Vault

Another masterpiece from Virgin Megastore!

I visited their one and only store in Kuwait .. the MEGA store as they call it .. although I strongly disagree that that average-size store can be called a MEGA store, but of course I’m not gonna write a whole topic about their store size.

What I’m gona talk about today is their new DC/Batman masterpiece ..!

The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book Featuring Rare Collectibles from the Batcave !

A massive book/magazine .. that is mainly about BATMAN .. but you won’t see in this book the story of Batman .. Instead you will learn and read about the history of Batman’s Comic.. from old comics, to the first appearance of Batman in Detective  Comics .. You will find everything in this book ..

And if you’re a Batman Fan .. you will learn all about the ART of Batman, and how they came up with his costume. Robin, his sidekick has his share in the book. The most interesting thing in the book was that they explained why Robin became Night-wing and the reason for changing his custom from Red/Yellow to Black/Blue. These types of books can be useful if you want to understand the legacy of Batman and most importantly if you read all of Batman’s Comics and you still didn’t understand the story line, then this is the perfect book for you . You will enjoy every page of this book, I did.

We need more of these types of books, which explain a character’s story. Because when you read comics.. sometimes you can’t just understand from what we see or even read .. the idea or the main point of the comic is usually implied and for a rich character like Batman, you need to know everything about the character to understand why did he do that or we didn’t Batman kill the Joker .. although the clown killed the second Robin .. there are other important questions every Batman fan must know and this book will answer all of those questions.

An Amazing book .. if you’re a Batman fan this is a MUST-BUY item!


Mad Reds – 2010

Book Review: The Pocket Book of MANUTD

you can go your whole life without having this feeling and even never knowing it. But for all the Manchester United fans .. They KNOW & HAVE this feeling .. !!

Being a long-time fan myself .. i cant imagine supporting another team .. i tried but i JUST couldn’t .. the huge guilt .. nobody can handle !!

To be honest, why support or even try to find for another team when you have the perfect (in my opinion ) team.

They are the ( England – World – Europe – Cup ) champions .. and they cant end any season without winning one or even two trophies.

I can continue giving more reasons for being a UNITED fan .. but we don’t have enough time or the space.

this book gives you the full United experience .. from the RICH history .. to the time they declared bankruptcy ..
an enjoyable book .. with many rare photos .. you must see !!

As a United Fan .. i really recommend reading this book .. because if you love and support your team .. you have to know every little detail about it !!