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Cricket at the Crossroads: Class, Colour and Controversy from 1967 to 1977 [Kindle Edition]

Guy Fraser-Sampson

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Book Description

In a decade spanning the 1960s and 1970s three major crises gripped the world of cricket. The Close Affair in 1967, when Brian Close was relieved of the England captaincy in controversial circumstances, laid bare the ugly class prejudice which had lingered on from the days of Gentlemen and Players. The d'Oliveria Affair saw the selection of an England touring party become a major international incident which divided the nation. And the birth of World Series cricket forced players and establishment alike to confront the very nature of the game, and how it should be played. Torn between the politics of the sport and the shifting social pressures of the day, the venerable institution of cricket found itself caught at a crossroads that would come to define how the game would be played and received for years to come. Based on original research and interviews with key figures of the day, Guy Fraser-Sampson evokes the era of the 1960s and 70s, the attitudes and politics of the time, and tells for the first time the story of the decade that dragged cricket forever into the modern era. Along the way, the book tells the story of some of the cricketing greats, and of their triumphs, disasters, and personal tragedies. Gary Sobers, Colin Cowdrey, Ted Dexter, Ray Illingworth, John Snow, Derek Underwood, Geoff Boycott. The ups, the downs, and the elusive what-ifs.

Editorial Reviews


'A fascinating account of a pivotal decade' - Tony Grieg 'An important, original and beautifully written book' - Peter Oborne

About the Author

Guy Fraser-Sampson is a well-known best-selling author in other fields, but this is his first book about cricket. He has been a regular attendee at cricket matches since the age of 10, most notably at Lord's, his home ground. He once dropped Brian Bolus at Lord's, but since he was in the upper tier of the grandstand at the time this fortunately had no bearing on the outcome of the match.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1653 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XG2X6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was previously a senior level investment manager, including a spell as Investment Controller with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and running for several years the international operations of a leading US fund manager. For the past five years I have been designing and teaching a number of post-graduate modules at Cass Business School in the City of London, as well as conducting consultancy and high level training assignments for various investors around the world.

If you live in the UK then you will almost certainly have seen me on television or heard me on radio, particularly in the last several months when I have been in demand to discuss the unfolding financial crisis and what this may mean for investors. If you live elsewhere, then you may have seen me giving a keynote address at an investment conference.

In writing finance and investment books I seek both to entertain and inform. I do not write a book unless I feel I genuinely have something new to say, and every one of my mainstream investment books is on a subject in respect of which I am acknowledged as one of the leading experts in the world.

"No Fear Finance" is different. I have for many years felt that there is an "alternative" way to teaching finance, which is particularly relevant when teaching people with no quantitative background. Having proved this to my satisfaction in the classroom, I then wrote the book. It is, so far as I have been able to ascertain, the only book of its type in the world. It teaches finance in a way which is, so far as possible, conceptual rather than mathematical, and no previous arithmetical ability is assumed.

I also write fiction and history.


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