Big Sam: My Autobiography

Author: Sam Allardyce

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: 1472232666

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9923

With nearly 20 years as a player - plus almost 25 years as a coach and manager - under his belt, Sam Allardyce is one of the most recognisable figures in British football. 'Big Sam' has been a robust defensive general throughout the seventies and eighties, and an imposing touchline presence as a gaffer since 1994. Before he took the England manager's job in July 2016, he was the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League, behind Arsene Wenger. Over the last 42 years, Allardyce has seen it all. The game he so loves is radically different to that in which he made his debut back in 1973, and in telling his wonderfully colourful story for the very first time, Allardyce talks intriguingly about the changing face of players and managers. His autobiography positively crackles with characteristic insight, honesty and hard-hitting opinions.
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Dreaming Big

My Journey to Connect India

Author: Sam Pitroda,David Chanoff

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9352140052

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9394

A young man from Titilagarh, Orissa, buoyed by nothing but dreams, boards a boat to America in 1964. There, in the land of opportunity, Satanarayan Gangaram Pitroda strikes gold in the burgeoning tech space to become the American millionaire Sam Pitroda. Armed with global patents and a vision supported by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, he vows to return home and fix India’s telephone troubles. Sam Pitroda became synonymous with the bright-yellow PCO/STD booths that sprang up across the country, and was dynamo in the Congress machinery in the 1980s. But his world came crashing down when he was dealt one blow after the other—a heart attack, false corruption charges and the assassination of his dear friend Rajiv Gandhi. To make matters worse, he realized that he had run out of money. This is the astonishing and heart-warming story of how one man at the top hits rock bottom—only to rise again and make a bigger dent in the world.
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Red: My Autobiography

Author: Gary Neville

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446465195

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 7091

No player has been more synonymous with the glory years of Manchester United Football Club over the past two decades than right-back Gary Neville. An Old Trafford regular since he attended his first match at the age of six, captain of the brilliant 1992 FA Youth Cup-winning team that became known as 'Fergie's Fledglings', outspoken representative of MUFC, Neville is the ultimate one-club man. He has been at the heart of it all and, at the end of an amazing career, is now ready to tell it all. Authoritative, insightful, fearless and never less than 100% honest, no-one has better credentials for documenting the story of United under Sir Alex Ferguson. Neville reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his early days with the likes of Giggs, Scholes and his best mate David Beckham; what it was like to play with Cantona, Keane and Ronaldo; the Treble in 1999; and of course an entire career of playing for the greatest manager in the game. Then there are all his experiences with England, from being the youngest starter at Euro 96 when football came home, to the ups and downs of five major championships and seven managers - Venables, Hoddle, Wilkinson, Keegan, Eriksson, McClaren and Capello. There are opinions and analysis on Gazza, Rooney, WAGs and the true story of the FA and Rio Ferdinand. For twenty glorious years, Gary Neville has worn his heart on his sleeve. This is his story.
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Author: David Winner

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1905825773

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 514

Rio Ferdinand is one of the finest footballers of his generation - a born winner and one of the game's greatest stoppers. Full of outstanding stories and forthright opinions, #2Sides sees Rio reflect on his unique rise to the top of the game: - Cutting his teeth in the West Ham youth teams and becoming captain of Leeds United at the age of 22 - His record-breaking transfer to Manchester United that made him one of the most revered centre-backs in world football - On life under Sir Alex Ferguson and how winning became a habit - Why David Moyes failed as Manchester United manager - On Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and why Paul Scholes is the greatest player ever to grace the Premier League With a Foreword by Harry Redknapp, #2Sides is a superb retrospective from one of the most outspoken voices of England's golden generation.
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The Gaffer

The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager

Author: Neil Warnock,Glen Moore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780755362790

Category: Soccer

Page: 370

View: 9143

Ever wondered how a transfer deal is done? What a manager says during his pre-match team-talk? What he screams from the techincal area? What goes on in training sesions, and on those long away trips? How a manager carefully builds a team, and what he does when the planning is disrupted by injuries? How he lifts a team after a crushing defeat, and keeps their feet on the ground after a resounding victory? How the man in charge handles the ever-present danger of getting sacked in the ultimate results business? In short, how one of today's top professional footballer managers somehow copes with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, with having to live, breathe and sleep football 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? Then read The Gaffer.
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Sammy Sosa

An Autobiography

Author: Sammy Sosa,Marcos Bret?n

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446555363

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 3268

El libro es una autobiograffa de uno de los jugadores mßs exitosos de bTisbol de AmTrica. La historia apunta a todas las cosas mßs importantes de la vida de este personaje, que si bien no fue acomodada, gracias a su empe±o y perseverancia, ha logrado tener Txitos que le han permitido mejorar su calidad de vida y a la vez darse a conocer por la actividad que practica con tanta dedicaci=n. A pesar de enfrentar la muerte de su padre, Sammy Sosa, tuvo que trabajar duro para ayudar en el hogar, y ademßs de responder con los estudios. En esa Tpoca, le regalan su primer guante de bTisbol con el que comienza a incursionar en este deporte que lo llevarß a la gloria. Con un lenguaje muy simple pero lleno de sentimiento, la historia de este hombre nos ense±arß que el trabajo duro puede dar hermosos frutos.
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Always Managing

My Autobiography

Author: Harry Redknapp

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407060732

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 9716

The Sunday Times no.1 bestselling memoir from Harry Redknapp ‘From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury's North Bank with my dad, to my first game at West Ham, I was born head over heels in love with football. It saved me, and 50 years on that hasn't changed one bit - I'd be lost without it...’ Harry is the manager who has seen it all - from a dismal 70s Portakabin at Oxford City and training pitches with trees in the middle to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League. With his much loved, no-nonsense delivery, Harry brings us a story filled with passion and humour that takes you right inside every drama of his career. Harry finally tells the full story of all the controversial ups and downs - the pain and heartache of his court case, the England job, his love for Bobby Moore, his adventures at Portsmouth with Milan Mandaric, the Southampton debacle, Tottenham and Daniel Levy, and not forgetting his years at West Ham or the challenges at his current club QPR. It’s the epic journey of one of the great managers and, along the way, the story of the British game itself over the last five decades. In an era now dominated by foreign coaches Harry is the last of an old-fashioned breed of English football man - one who has managed to move with the times and always come out fighting.
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Slingin' Sam

The Life and Times of the Greatest Quarterback Ever to Play the Game

Author: Joe Holley

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292745699

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 4647

Dan Jenkins calls him "the greatest quarterback who ever lived, college or pro." Slingin' Sammy Baugh, who played for TCU and the Washington Redskins, single-handedly revolutionized the game of football. While the pros still wore leather helmets and played the game more like rugby, Baugh's ability to throw the ball with rifle-like accuracy made the forward pass a strategic weapon, not a desperation heave. Like Babe Ruth, who changed the very perception of how baseball is played, Slingin' Sam transformed the notion of offense in football and how much yardage can be gained through the air. As the first modern quarterback, Baugh led the Redskins to five title games and two NFL championships, while leading the league in passing six times—a record that endures to this day—and in punting four times. In 1943, the triple-threat Baugh also scored a triple crown when he led the league in passing, punting, and interceptions. Slingin' Sam is the first major biography of this legendary quarterback, one of the first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joe Holley traces the whole arc of Baugh's life (1914–2008), from his small-town Texas roots to his college ball success as an All-American at TCU, his brief flirtation with professional baseball, and his stellar career with the Washington Redskins (1937–1952), as well as his later career coaching the New York Titans and Houston Oilers and ranching in West Texas. Through Holley's vivid descriptions of close-fought games, Baugh comes alive both as the consummate all-around athlete who could play every minute of every game, on both offense and defense, and as an all-around good guy.
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My Uncensored Life in Rock

Author: Sammy Hagar

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006204236X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 4167

Sammy Hagar—legendary lead singer of Van Halen, founder of the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and one of rock music’s most notoriously successful performers—tells his unforgettable story in this one-of-a-kind autobiography of a life at the top of the charts. From his decade-long journey alongside Eddie Van Halen to his raucous solo career with Chickenfoot and everything in between—the drugs, groupies, and excesses of fame, the outrageous stadium tours, and the thrill of musical innovation—Hagar reveals all in this treasure trove of rock-and-roll war stories. Red is a life-changing look at one of music’s biggest talents—an essential read for music fans and anyone dreaming of becoming rock’s next number one star.
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Big Fry

The Autobiography of Barry Fry

Author: Barry Fry

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780002189491

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 338

View: 383

Barry Fry is one of the most colourful characters in English football. His journeyman career has taken him to Old Trafford, where as a player he was one of the original Busby Babes, through to football management at Barnet, Southend and Birmingham, among other clubs. Wherever he goes, "Bazza" has a knack of making the headlines. Whether it's tax evasion, fraud, transfer bribes or chicanery in the dressing room, Barry Fry has experienced it all as a player, manager and now club owner. He is ready to tell everything in his autobiography.
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Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late

My Story

Author: Oliver Holt,Kieron Dyer

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: 1472249364

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2825

Kieron Dyer's memoir, Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late, is the first intimate and unsparing portrait of the failures and excesses of the generation of English footballers made rich beyond their wildest dreams by the post-1990 World Cup boom in the game and the explosion of the Premier League. It shares the same brutal honesty and self-awareness of the bestselling No Nonsense by Joey Barton and GoodFella by Craig Bellamy. In the public mind, Kieron Dyer came to symbolise so much of what was self-destructive about a group of football players known collectively as the 'Baby Bentley generation'. Nicknamed 'The King of Bling' by the tabloid press, Dyer was caught up in many of the scandals that characterised the history of a talented crop of players who promised so much and delivered so little, a generation whose wages and lavish lifestyles began to alienate them from the fans who once worshipped them. The brash young man is gone now, and in his place is the quiet, caring, wise man who was such a favourite on I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here! in 2015. Dyer narrates, in uncompromising detail, how a generation of talented English footballers, taken out of working class childhoods and presented with a world of glitz, glamour, wealth and temptation, failed to cope with the riches that were presented to them and often fell apart. Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late is about a moment in time, a social and historical record of English football at the start of its gold rush. For Dyer, the end of the book brings a measure of personal redemption and peace but for the English game, there is only a lingering sense of waste and regret for an opportunity lost.
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Tallulah: My Autobiography

Author: Tallulah Bankhead

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604736786

Category: Actors

Page: 335

View: 8540

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Brave New World

Inside Pochettino's Spurs

Author: Guillem Balague

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 1409157741

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 349

The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the Mauricio Pochettino revolution at Spurs, told in his own words The Sunday Times Bestseller 'An unparalleled insight into one of the most exciting managers currently working in football' Independent Since joining the club in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Tottenham from underachievers into genuine title contenders. In the process, he has marked himself out as one of the best young managers in the world, more than holding his own against the Premier League's established heavyweights. He has done so by promoting an attacking, pressing style of football and by nurturing home-grown talent, fully endearing himself to the Spurs faithful along the way. Guillem Balagué was granted unprecedented access to Pochettino and his backroom staff for the duration of the 2016-17 season, and he has therefore been able to draw on extensive interview material with Pochettino, his family, his closest assistants, players such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane, and even a very rare conversation with Daniel Levy to tell the manager's story in his own words. From Pochettino's early years as a player and coach to his transformation of Tottenham into one of the best teams in England, the book uniquely reveals the inner workings of the man and of his footballing philosophy. It also lays bare what it takes to run a modern-day football team competing at the highest level over the course of a single campaign. The result is the most comprehensive and compelling portrait of a manager and of a club in the Premier League era.
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Sven: My Story

Author: Sven-Göran Eriksson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472211529

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 6367

Perhaps no football manager has ever had his personal life dissected as thoroughly as Sven-Goran Eriksson. Yet the man that monopolized the British press during five tumultuous years as England manager remains an enigma. Who, precisely, is Sven? Here, in his no-holds-barred autobiography, the secretive Swede takes us on one of the wildest rides in world football. Populated by fake sheikhs, Italian lawyers, Nottingham outlaws and, of course, many of the biggest names in the game, his is a 40-year-long career that coincides with the evolution of football into a global multibillion-pound industry. Most of all, this is a surprisingly tender, sometimes heartbreaking, but never bitter account of a simple man with a most complicated story. A man who has reached a crossroads in his life, who until now has never stopped to ask himself the question: was it worth it?
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Big Sam's Guide to Life

Author: Noel Slevin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911274940


Page: 256

View: 9826

"Manager of the Month. Manager of the year, I'd say. Manager of the century. Manager of your hearts." "Feast! Feast on my milky teat of triumph. For I am Big Sam, and I am a footballing god." Business leaders and politicians have long realized that there is much to be learned from the world of football. But what about the rest of us? What can the 'manager of Crystal Palace' (still true at time of writing) teach us about our own lives? Across 45,000 words, 'Big Sam' will pass on some of the wisdom he's accumulated over the years. Like the best way to attack an all-you-can-eat buffet. Or the best tunes to accompany a long trek up the M6. Or those 12 easy steps that will lead to a better, more fulfilling lovelife. There's very little that Big Sam can't turn his hand to and very little that he won't happily share with the reader. Though that's not necessarily a good thing... This hilarious parody will cover Not The Big Sam's invaluable wisdom on variety of subjects, including chivalry, confidence, dressing to impress and seducing a woman. A previous twitter account was shut down by Sam Allardyce himself but @TheBig_Sam survives and has become incredibly popular, with over 150k followers.
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Big Sam's Guide to Life

Author: @TheBig_Sam

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911274953

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 5386

"Manager of the Month. Manager of the year, I'd say. Manager of the century. Manager of your hearts." "Feast! Feast on my milky teat of triumph. For I am Big Sam, and I am a footballing god." Business leaders and politicians have long realised that there is much to be learned from the world of low-to-mid Premier League football. But what about the rest of us? What can the former manager of England, Crystal Palace and literally nine other teams teach us about our own lives? Across a book chock-full of utter brilliance, 'Big Sam' will pass on some of the wisdom he's accumulated over the years. Like how to deal with betrayal. Or how to seduce a woman in three easy steps. Or how to thwart disaster if someone plays Nickelback on a pub jukebox. There's very little that Big Sam can't turn his hand to and very little that he won't happily share with you lucky readers. So, whether you're trying to deal with online trolls, on a night out and saddled with a disabled or forced to make small talk with people in the goods and service industries, Big Sam's Guide to Life will guide you to the top, or at least avoid relegation.
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Still with the Music

My Autobiography

Author: Karl Jenkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783961375

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 2543

The long-awaited memoir of one of the world's most popular contemporary classical composers The Welsh musician Karl Jenkins is the UK's most popular contemporary composer, and one of the world's most critically acclaimed musicians. His fascinating story covers one of the most versatile careers in modern music. In this highly entertaining memoir, Jenkins gives an insight into the creative process behind the music that has touched so many across the globe. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Jenkins became known as a jazz musician before going on to join legendary progressive rock band Soft Machine, of which he was a key member in the 1970s. Then, in the 1980s, he achieved huge success in the world of advertising, composing for brands such as Levi's, BA, Renault, Volvo, De Beers, Tag Heuer, and Pepsi. But it was in 1994 that his immensely successful project Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary propelled him to international stardom. Combining a classical music style with an invented language, ethnic vocals, and percussion, the composition struck a chord with listeners the world over, reaching the top of the charts in many countries. Jenkins has since gone from strength to strength, forming a huge international following. He is that rare thing: a contemporary classical composer with enormous popular appeal, and one of Britain's national treasures. For all music fans, this will be a must read.
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Dream Boogie

The Triumph of Sam Cooke

Author: Peter Guralnick

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316210978

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 768

View: 7109

One of the most influential singers and songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke was among the first to blend gospel music and secular themes--the early foundation of soul music. He was the opposite of Elvis: a black performer who appealed to white audiences, who wrote his own songs, who controlled his own business destiny. No biography has previously been written that fully captures Sam Cooke's accomplishments, the importance of his contribution to American music, the drama that accompanied his rise in the early days of the civil rights movement, and the mystery that surrounds his death. Bestselling author Peter Guralnick tells this moving and significant story, from Cooke's childhood as a choirboy to an adulthood when he was anything but. With appearances by Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Brown, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Fidel Castro, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Bob Dylan, and other central figures of this explosive era, DREAM BOOGIE is a compelling depiction of one man striving to achieve his vision despite all obstacles--and an epic portrait of America during the turbulent and hopeful 1950s and 1960s. The triumph of the book is the vividness with which Peter Guralnick conveys the astonishing richness of the black America of this era--the drama, force, and feeling of the story. This enhanced edition includes: Exclusive video footage prepared specifically for the enhanced eBook that has never been seen before. Rare audio clips.
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Motel Chronicles

Author: Sam Shepard

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 0872861430

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 110

View: 3142

Motel Chronicles reveals the fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a live legend in the theater. Shepard chronicles his own life birth in Illinois, childhood memories of Guam, Pasadena and rural Southern California, adventures as ranch hand, waiter, rock musician, dramatist, and film actor. Scenes from this book form the basis of his play Superstitions, and of the film (directed by Wim Wenders) Paris, Texas, winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
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Where Am I?

My Autobiography

Author: Phil Tufnell

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: 1472229347

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 6319

When Phil Tufnell hung up his cricket boots back in 2003, little did he know the dramatic direction his professional life would take next. Yet since being crowned 'King of the Jungle', the ex-England spin bowler has never looked back and has become a much loved television and radio presenter. Cricket's dressing-room clown is now broadcasting's joker in the pack. Whether it's dining on mealworms on I'm a Celebrity, displaying his ballroom fleckle on Strictly Come Dancing or causing weekly mayhem for the long-suffering host Sue Barker on A Question of Sport, millions of us enjoy Tuffers' lust for life and endearing sense of humour. In Where Am I?, Phil gamely tries to make sense of the wonderful roller-coaster he has been riding these last dozen years, delighting fans with a treasure trove of wonderful stories about the places he has been, the people he has met, the 'things' he has been asked to do but - most of all - the sheer enormous joy he has had doing it all.
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