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Keane: The Autobiography: First Edition Paperback – September 1, 2004

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From a Cork childhood to the World Cup finals, the story of football's toughest competitor. Love him or hate him, Roy Keane is the inspiration behind Manchester United FC's success over the past nine years. A relentless, aggressive midfield general, Keane has epitomized United's winning approach on the field - at times bringing him into trouble with referees, other managers and, of course, the Football Association. He's also been in trouble off the pitch as well, and it's good to see that these incidents have not been omitted. This book is bound to sell in huge quantities in the red half of Manchester, as well as the whole of Dublin, but United's national - and international - appeal to millions will ensure bumper sales figures for Penguin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Roy Keane was born in Cork in 1971. He is captain of Manchester United. He wrote the book with Eamon Dunphy, bestselling author of ONLY A GAME?.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Global; Reissue edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141009810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141009810
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By brasho on June 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was inspired to read this after watching the documentary 'Keane and Vieira: Best of Enemies'. I was amazed at his obvious hatred for Alex Ferguson, his manager through so many triumphs. I wanted to see if he'd always felt that way. Through the book he only has good things to say about Ferguson which was covering a decade from the early 90s through to 2002. When you watch the documentary this all seems to be forgotten. Incredible how one can wipe so many memories gained over a long period. I imagine this probably has to do with his eventual parting with Man U and perhaps a desire to work there in some capacity which has probably been blocked by Ferguson??
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the insight from an obviously first hand perspective into the greatest club team in the world and the Irish national side. I would of liked more anecdotes from Keane about his relationships with other players -- teammates as well as adversaries. To the casual football fan this is a good read, but I expected more from Keane.
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By Dave on March 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
Keane's book reads the way he played, fast, furious, uncompromising. His language paints the highs and lows with the same frank, matter-of-fact commitment he has to everything he says, does, and expects of others. The most fierce footballer in world has ever seen with the most hard-boiled autobiography around.
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A Kid's Review on November 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
It is about an Irish soccer player finding his way to glory.

I like how he got to where he is now. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is a soccer fanatic!
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An interesting inside look to the world of football. Keane has plenty of interesting stories to share, and he also isn't afraid to tell his opinion. I didn't agree with everything he said, but the points he makes about what it takes to win and how easy it is to let yourself think you have tried your best are worth reading
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This is one of the few football player autobiography boooks I have read that does not feel like written by a ghost writer.It has most of the anecdotes, games, fights Keane was known for, even if they do not shed a positive light on him. Chances are you are not going to like Mick McCarthy after reading Keane's opinion of him.

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.
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This book is a candid look inside Roy Keane's thoughts. He freely shares what he thinks about the game, opposing players, teamates, and many other subjects.

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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Honest and compelling. Well worth reading even if you don't agree with Keane on World Cup antics way back when.
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