The Fair and the Foul: Inside Our Sporting Nation by David Hill

By David Hill

If a person is certified to speak about recreation in Australia, it really is David Hill. during this booklet, with the advantage of his years of non-public adventure either taking part in and dealing within the wearing international, he vividly narrates its upward thrust in Australia because the finish of the 19th century, from the 1st cricket travel of britain in 1868 by way of an Australian crew - an Aboriginal staff - to our earliest successes on the Olympics in 1896, whilst Edwin Flack was once the single Australian competitor and received gold medals, to the golden age of the Nineteen Fifties whilst Australia governed the realm in tennis, swimming and athletics.

during this booklet David additionally recollects his battles as president of the North Sydney Bears with tobacco sponsorship foyer teams; his coup as handling director of the ABC in purchasing the published rights for the AFL; his gargantuan efforts to wash up football as chairman of football Australia. And he's taking us during the shift in recreation from the relative innocence of the novice period to its commercialisation, which, over the years, has definitely contributed to the uglier aspects of our nationwide obsession: the corruption, the medicine, the sexism and racism. Have we plunged to a nadir lately, or are those features of our wearing state an inevitable and everlasting influence of the necessity to succeed?

This publication is a riveting, own tackle a topic that such a lot of Australians keep on with fanatically - a must-read for activities fans, but additionally a compelling, revealing account in case you have by no means relatively understood the attraction of our nationwide obsession.

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