Title: Among the Thugs
Author: Bill Buford
Buford spent most of the decade embedding himself in hooligan culture, particularly the Manchester United "firm" known as the Inter-City Jibbers. Among the Thugs was the end result, a highly disturbing chronicle of the excesses of an unchecked mob. Buford endured riots and police beatings in his quest to understand the mentality behind the phenomenon. As upsetting as the gory details frequently are, the book's ultimate power lies in Buford's startling conclusions about the group psychology of the crowd. In essence, the rioting mob is not the other. It is us.
This was my second Buford book. Heat, his exploration of the culinary world, is far less gruesome. In both cases, his commitment to the project is uncompromising.
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