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Munich Air Disaster by Stephen Morrin
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Feb 28, 09

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Read in February, 2009

Fifty years after the tragedy at the end of a runway at Munich, Stephen Morrin's book tells the story, not just of the football club, but the struggle of the flight's captain James Thain.
It took United's manager ten years to re-build back to European glory in '68. It also took Thain a similar time to get his name cleared from the blame fixed on him by the German inquiry into the crash that destroyed his flying career. The Germans selected evidence and testimony to fit their agenda, that the fault of the crash was Thain's and not the slush covered runway. British European Airways were also responsible and had dirty hands in the destruction of Thain.
Manchester United themselves are forever stained by their treatment of surviving players, or relatives of the dead, who got nothing in the way of compensation.
All in all, still a sad story fifty years on.
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