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An Epic Swindle: 44 Months with a Pair of Cowboys [Kindle Edition]

Brian Reade
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Book Description

AN EPIC SWINDLE is the inside story of how Liverpool FC came within hours of being re-possessed by the banks after the shambolic 44-month reign of American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. It is the tale of a civil war that dragged Britain's most successful football club to its knees, through the High Court and almost into administration.

Players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher tell of their anger at the broken promises, as well as their pain at watching loyal fans in open revolt. Manager, chief executive, board members, leading fans and journalists reveal the turmoil at a revered sporting institution run by two men at war with each other, who trampled Liverpool's cherished traditions into the gutter.

No story sums up the naked greed at the heart of modern football quite like Hicks' and Gillett's attempt to turn a buck at Liverpool. No-one has had as much access to the truth, or tells it with as much passion, wit and insight as Brian Reade.
AN EPIC SWINDLE is the riveting story of how close one of the great football clubs came to financial implosion.

Editorial Reviews


'The riveting inside story of how Liverpool FC was dragged to its knees' Daily Mirror.

About the Author

Brian Reade is a Daily Mirror columnist, Kop season ticket holder and author of the book 43 Years With The Same Bird. He lives in Liverpool.

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857385992
  • Publisher: Quercus; Reprint edition (December 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857385992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857385994
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Reade May 7, 2011
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As a long time Liverpool fan, and a fan of Brian Reade's previous work, I was quite excited to get this book for my kindle and I devoured it in one day. That's not to say there isn't a lot of information here, there is. Reade just simply writes in a manner which makes this a book which is hard to put down.

Reade starts off with the events of 6 February 2007, a day which will live in infamy for every fan of this great club. Reade describes his hesitation to welcome the (at the time) new American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Things already seemed wrong. The owners were walking around with their brand new Liverpool scarves and their smiles. Many of the promises the new regime made that fateful day would not only be proven to be outright lies, but would come to haunt them (and the fans) in the next 3 1/2 years. Things like, "We're not people to come here and milk the fans", "This is not a takeover like the Glazer deal at Manchester United. There is no debt involved" and "The shovel needs to be in the ground in the next sixty days." These statements and more would prove to be blatant lies. The debt was to be loaded onto the club (as much as possible). The stadium would never be built and the new owners were there only to bleed the club dry and sell it on for as much money as possible.

Reade does a great job of following the story from the start to the nasty conclusion in the High Court in October of 2010. In between he brings up all the events which turned the euphoria of February of 2007 to the lurid events of November of that same year, when the fans were warned by Rafa Benitez that something was rotten at the heart of Liverpool FC, and it was the new owners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read for all LFC fans January 9, 2014
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A bright beacon that lights the murkiest period of the world's greatest football club. Well researched and passionate.



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4.0 out of 5 stars Passion can't be stolen November 29, 2013
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Sometimes being too close or biased in the view of the author spoils the telling of the story. Not here. Reade's acknowledged love for the Liverpool Football Club and disdain for what was happening to it drags you into this tale. I am a long term overseas supporter who had no real idea what was being done to my club. I'm now horrified, proud and in the end relieved. Fascinating story, passionately and effectively told. You Will Never Walk Alone!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Every Word of it November 17, 2013
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Bitterly disappointed when it came to the end as I wanted it to go on and on, there was not one word I didn't like in this book, Brian just keeps you captivated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For any LFC fan, a must read. November 2, 2013
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Facts about a terrible pair of Americans who nearly put LFC into administration because of their greed for a quick buck !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book and must for any  football fan! October 11, 2012
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This book is an excellent read! l am  not a Liverpool fan . The club l support is Chelsea, but  l was aware of the problems Liverpool was having financially.  However, l had no idea how bad it was until l read this book.  I'm glad Liverpool came out on top in the end. YNWA from a Chelsea fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must Red June 21, 2011
By Mikkel
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I was first made fully aware of this book trough an interview with the author in the last edition of The Kopite - the official magazine for the Scandinavian branch of the LFC supporter club. Having endured such a long time with frustration, mistrust, sorrow and plain anger caused by Hicks and Gillett, I was not too keen on opening the wounds again. But the book received warm reviews and I decided to give it a try. I didn't regret it.
The book makes a deep dive behind the scenes at Anfield during an almost four year long reign that seriously threatened to destroy the club. Through his extensive net of sources in and outside Liverpool Football Club, the author reveals an almost inconceivable soap opera where the 'Truly Honest and Good' proves to be few and far between. The read is both saddening and even sickening, yet hugely fascinating. The extent of the sheer madness that was played out by presumably responsible grown ups at all levels in one of Britain's greatest sport institutions is simply astonishing. Al thou the dark emotions of the H&G era came flooding back as I was reading, the book also gave equal rewards through the re-visiting of the ecstatic emotions of their dramatic ousting from the club.

Its recommended. - A must read for any red.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Swindle May 15, 2012
By Nuge
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"An Epic Swindle" is a must read for any serious football (soccer) fan, particularly if Liverpool is your team. The story of 2 Americans purchase of Liverpool and how they drove it close to financial ruin. It has a happy ending thanks to the core of Liverpool fans who revolted and would not let their club go down the drain.
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