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Keane: The Autobiography: First Edition Paperback – September 1, 2004
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I really enjoyed the first half of the book and flew through it. Fairly repetitive about his love of a drink and frustrations with needing to supply tickets to family and friends and disdain with the set up he faced at international level with Ireland which in the end could well be contrived to justify what eventually transpired at the 2002 World Cup. Written in a pretty basic style but interesting nonetheless. It then just got darker and darker as he got older, sustained injuries and became embroiled in controversy eg. brooding desire to get square with Alfie Haaland which he eventually does with tragic consequences, fight with Mick McCarthy leading to walkout / sacking from the Irish national squad.
I was left just feeling sorry for him. Reading the book has markedly changed my view of him for the worse. Despite having recoiled at many of his actions on the field over the years, I was drawn to his honesty as this is a quality I admire and is rare in people in the public eye. I now just hope he can find a way to transform his life and learn to let go. He seems to hold on to so much. A bit of meditation could go a long way to help him learn to find some peace in this life.
I like how he got to where he is now. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is a soccer fanatic!
As always, I wish Keane had included more game tactics over gossip and details of fights and pity rivalries BUT this is common in all players' autobio books.
I enjoyed it.
Keane has been criticized for writing this book because he is blunt in his assesments of people and situations. However, this is the strength of the book, because if Keane had watered it down to be "PC," then the reader wouldn't hear what Keane really thinks.
Nobody will agree with all of Keane's thoughts, that is a given, but it is interesting to see his development as a player and person. This book provides the football fan with a glimpse into the mind of a superstar, and whether you like Roy Keane or not, it is a very good read that is enjoyable and insightful.
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Fascinating look into the life of United legend Roy Keane. The behind the scenes look at the Ireland World Cup walk out was worth the price of this bio alone.Published on May 6, 2012 by PaulieAlmonds