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War Minus The Shooting
Combining personal reflection and social observation, the author paints a complex portrait of a sub-continent in ferment, against a backdrop of the 1996 cricket World Cup. The book delves into the dilemmas that face modern cricket, such as ball-tampering, race and national identity.
(first published 1997)
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I got it second-hand for Rs. 10 on a Bombay local and is the best value-for-money thing I've ever bought. It ranks alongside CLR James' "Beyond a Boundary' as the best cricket book I've read. The cricket is actually fairly incidental - read it for the social commentary and cultural insight, even if you can't be bothered about the '96 World Cup.
Sep 14, 2008 Naeem rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: manu, perhaps nethra, perhaps maura
Recommended to Naeem by: ciricinfo
This is sports writing, perhaps at its best. Marqusee places the 1996 World Cricket Cup in the context of culture, political economy, and the divide between East and West. It makes for superb reading but it helps to know some cricket terminology -- as the text moves in and out of describing actual matches. You learn as much about India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka as you do about cricket and so called globalization. The details of how cricket is organized and played differently in these countries ...more
Mike Marqusee was an American-born writer, journalist and political activist who has lived in Britain since 1971. He was the author of numerous books including If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the Sixties, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, Anyone but England: An Outsider Looks at English Cricket, a novel, Slow Turn, ...moreMore about Mike Marqusee...