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Hillsborough: The Truth Paperback – March 1, 1999

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"This book is dynamite. A brilliant achievement, a real page-turner." -- Jimmy McGovern "The full truth about Hillsborough would never have been known were it not for Phil Scraton's meticulous efforts over many years - he has done a huge service not just to the Hillsborough families but to this country." -- Andy Burnham, MP --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PHIL SCRATON is a Professor of Criminology in the School of Law, Queen's University, Belfast. He has held visiting scholarships at Monash University, Melbourne and Sydney Law School, University of Sydney. In 2013 he was Karl Lowenstein Fellow at Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA. His primary research includes: controversial deaths and the state; the rights of the bereaved and survivors in the aftermath of disasters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; 1st Ed. edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840181567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840181562
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,009,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenny on August 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Read this book and you will come to understand just why, years after the tragedy, the families of the victims are still campaigning for justice.
This is the story as it should have been told, all those years ago. However the South Yorkshire police, the media, successive governments and finally, the law courts have all seen to it that the truth remains untold. 96 people died going to watch a football match. Many thousands more are still troubled by the traumas of that day and all they want is the guilty parties to own up.
It is a sometimes harrowing read, but Phil Scraton has reclaimed the book's title from the headline of Sun newspaper, which to this day, is still despised on Merseyside.
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What was originally reported in the press as the actions of crazed soccer fans turned
out to be far more intricate. The blame ultimately rests more on an antiquated stadium,
the desire to "contain" those fans, and the overall lack of security. Add to that a slow
response to the unfolding disaster, and the results were tragic. Mr. Scranton tells
truths with almost fictional prose. Too bad it wasn't fiction.
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I am a university student working on a research paper on how the Hillsborough disaster came to change football in the UK and Europe. As a die heart supporter of Liverpool F.C, the disaster is something that I, like many other fans, carry on my back and I'm reminded of every year during the April memorials. The occurrence of the event still remains unreal; how could 90+ have died experiencing the worlds most beautiful game.
My research focuses on the architectural, socioeconomic and cultural changes the disaster triggered. This book has proven a fantastic asset towards my secondary sources as it highlights the truthfulness of the event without the early on police censorship. Also significant are Scraton's comments on the appraisal of sporting grounds and the management of the stadiums and clubs. However, the book upholds its true value in Scratons recognition that early on works of Hillsbourough disaster provided inaccurate accounts of the event; thus, challenging media, the police, and the stadiums neglegations and inability to uphold crowd control and good stadium standards. Furthermore, the book highlights narration by the expectators and the families of the diseased, and their continual strive to find whom to blame for the disaster.
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Though sometimes repetitive in its efforts to bring home points, the book is an irreplaceable part in the dialogue regarding Hillsborough. A thoughtful and complete documentation (to 2009) of what did and did not happen at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989, along with the ensuing representations and misrepresentations in the justice system and media.
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One of the most important books ever written. If you can't afford it, contact me and I'll send you my copy. Read this book.
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Dont be mistaken by the title. This is not the "truth" peddled by the Sun. This is the truth about how no one has been held accountable to the 96 lives lost in this tragedy. The day of the crush is just the first day of a now more than two decade fight to put on record what went on behind the scenes of what happened and how it was covered up.
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I had to keep putting this book down as it was so sad to read of what happened and why it happened. A story well worth reading even if you are not a football fan
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This is a great read for someone who wishes to understand what happened on the day of hillsborough & for the next 20 or so years.
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