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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156584890X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565848900
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,705,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you really enjoy hating Raider fans, this sojourn into their hearts and souls will spoil your fun. -- San Diego Union Tribune, Kate Callen

About the Author

Jim Miller is a professor of English, philosophy, humanities, and labor studies at San Diego City College, and the editor of Sunshine Noir. Kelly Mayhew is a professor of English, philosophy, and humanities at San Diego City College. They are co-authors, with Mike Davis, of Under the Perfect Sun (The New Press). Both live in San Diego.

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There are many interesting tidbits.
B. M. HICKS
Jim Miller relates his following of the 2003 Raiders' season in an entertaining fashion and intersperses the book with interesting interviews of numerous Raider fans.
raidermickey
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves, or hates, the Raiders.
A. Bogage

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. M. HICKS on October 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Whether you loathe or love the Raiders, you'll enjoy and learn from Miller and Mayhew's insightful book about the Raiders fan empire. Although the writers are decidedly and unabashedly Raiders fans themselves, they paint an incredibly well-rounded picture of Raiders fans. They interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic strata, in all kinds of places -- training camps, pubs, sports bars, tailgate parties, the games themselves in Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego -- to garner the diverse opinions of the Raiders. We learn that the fan base is amazingly ubiquitous, with fans from the U.S. to Poland, Costa Rica, and South Africa. I especially admire the way the writers juxtapose diametrically opposing views of the Raiders. For instance, in the "Raiders Rage" chapter, Michele Clark, director of a nonprofit organization in Oakland, describes how she hates the Raiders and what they represent to the youth she tries to help. However, on the next page we read how one of her coworkers, Mark Henderson, a family man, loves the Raiders. Ultimtely, though, this book is not about sports; it's about people. Miller and Mayhew's deep concern for the working-class people comes out in the chapter that describes the city of Oakland and its changing demographics over the decades. There is a wonderful chapter about the women fans: "Real Women Wear Black." There are many interesting tidbits. (Did you know that the rugged eye-patched man in the Raiders logo was modeled after Western actor Randolph Scott?) Miller's "ten ways to avoid being pummeled by an angry Raiders fan" in the "Just Lose, Baby" chapter is hilarious.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art Vandelay on March 2, 2007
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I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for my father, a die-hard Raider fan. He really enjoyed the stories and pictures in the book--it brought some levity to a disaster of a season. As one currently studying English literature, I enjoyed the references to Milton and also the philosophical discussions of the Raider fans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spencer on October 19, 2005
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Although I did attend a Raider-Chargers game 7 years ago,

I'm not a football fan. In fact I think the best time to go the hardware store is during the Super Bowl. That said, I love good books and great writing. Miller and Mayhew deliver that. From first page to last, this is a great read and cultural commentary.

Spencer in San Diego
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By Edward Donchez on June 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book sounded very interesting at first. I am a die hard Raiders fan and was looking for a new book. The book begins okay but I soon lost interest since every chapter is about the same experiences of the author. I did not even finish reading it.
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