- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Mainstream Publishing (14. September 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1845964950
- ISBN-13: 978-1845964955
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2 x 22,9 cm
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Hillsborough: The Truth (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. September 2009
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"This book is dynamite. A brilliant achievement, a real page-turner" (Jimmy McGovern)
"A painful but compelling read . . . an impressive amount of new information [which] should be compulsory reading for everybody in football" (The Sunday Times)
"I read this book in a fog of anger . . . A scarcely believably story of incompetence and mendacity" (The Independent)
"It cannot fail to make anyone who reads it feel shocked and furious" (Sunday Mirror)
"An invaluable summary of the availably evidence" (When Saturday Comes)
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This is the story as it should have been told, all those years ago. However the South Yorkshire police, the media, successive governments and finally, the law courts have all seen to it that the truth remains untold. 96 people died going to watch a football match. Many thousands more are still troubled by the traumas of that day and all they want is the guilty parties to own up.
It is a sometimes harrowing read, but Phil Scraton has reclaimed the book's title from the headline of Sun newspaper, which to this day, is still despised on Merseyside.
And although he did provide some interesting facts, I couldn't help but find the book to drag dryly. The style is not visual which made it difficult for me to see, feel, and understand the commotion that occurred in Hillsborough. In deference to the families of the victims, I'm not intending to mean that I need gory descriptive details. What happened was extremely sad. But I had difficulties placing myself at Hillsborough on that dreaded April day.
Despite the dry style, the book offers tremendous facts as to what happened. I would not recommend this book to a casual student of violence in stadiums, but would to any Liverpool supporter who understood the inaccurate account of what happened that day when the media immorally and manipulatively blamed this tragedy on the Liverpool supporters and not on England's incorrect focus on how to control crowds or the Hillsborough police who had ignored lessons learned from previous crowd crushes and stampedes when they created a negligible contingency plan in the event of a disaster at the stadium which obviously failed.
Scraton does succeed in eliminating the overstated generalization of drunken soccer fans as the primary cause for deaths in stadiums. He also effectively delves into the lack of accountability by the security practices in place.
How the families were insensitively treated by the authorities was eye-opening. It seemed as if the police were interrogating families of the victims instead of assisting them during the grieving process. How the bodies of the victims were deemed "property of the coroner" was absurd.
Scraton also provides and excellent historical context which proves that there had been previous studies in stadium catastrophes that had been ignored. Had the police learned from the previous lessons, 90 fans would still be supporting the Reds.
Finally, this book does stand alone as the most accurate historical account of what went wrong on that sunny spring day in Sheffield where something unfortunately perilous occurred.
God bless those who perished in Hillsborough.
My research focuses on the architectural, socioeconomic and cultural changes the disaster triggered. This book has proven a fantastic asset towards my secondary sources as it highlights the truthfulness of the event without the early on police censorship. Also significant are Scraton's comments on the appraisal of sporting grounds and the management of the stadiums and clubs. However, the book upholds its true value in Scratons recognition that early on works of Hillsbourough disaster provided inaccurate accounts of the event; thus, challenging media, the police, and the stadiums neglegations and inability to uphold crowd control and good stadium standards. Furthermore, the book highlights narration by the expectators and the families of the diseased, and their continual strive to find whom to blame for the disaster.
out to be far more intricate. The blame ultimately rests more on an antiquated stadium,
the desire to "contain" those fans, and the overall lack of security. Add to that a slow
response to the unfolding disaster, and the results were tragic. Mr. Scranton tells
truths with almost fictional prose. Too bad it wasn't fiction.
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