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Books By Simon Kuper
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Power. Privilege. Parties.
It's a very small world at the top.
'Brilliant ... traces Brexit back to the debating chambers of the Oxford Union in the 1980s' James O'Brien
'A searing onslaught on the smirking Oxford insinuation that politics is all just a game. It isn't. It matters' Matthew Parris
'A sparkling firework of a book' Lynn Barber, Spectator
'Exquisite and depressing in equal measure' Matthew Syed, Sunday Times
Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Cameron, George Osborne, Theresa May, Dominic Cummings, Daniel Hannan, Jacob Rees-Mogg: Whitehall is swarming with old Oxonians. They debated each other in tutorials, ran against each other in student elections, and attended the same balls and black tie dinners.
They aren't just colleagues - they are peers, rivals, friends. And, when they walked out of the world of student debates onto the national stage, they brought their university politics with them.
Eleven of the fifteen postwar British prime ministers went to Oxford. In Chums, Simon Kuper traces how the rarefied and privileged atmosphere of this narrowest of talent pools - and the friendships and worldviews it created - shaped modern Britain.
A damning look at the university clique-turned-Commons majority that will blow the doors of Westminster wide open and change the way you look at our democracy forever.
WINNER OF THE FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR
'This is a masterfully written history of the world's greatest football club. Més que un book!' - GARY LINEKER
From the bestselling co-author of Soccernomics comes the story of how FC Barcelona became the most successful football club in the world - and how that envied position now hangs in the balance.
Barça is not just the world's most popular sports club, it is simply one of the most influential organisations on the planet. With almost 250 million followers on social media and 4 million visitors to its Camp Nou stadium each year, there's little wonder its motto is 'More than a club'. But it was not always so. In the past three decades, Barcelona has transformed from regional team to global powerhouse, becoming a model of sporting excellence and a consistent winner of silverware.
Simon Kuper unravels exactly how these transformations took place. He outlines the organisational structure behind the club's business decisions, and details the work of its coaches, medics, data analysts and nutritionists who have revolutionised the sporting world. And, of course, he studies the towering influence of the club's two greatest legends, Johan Cruyff and Lionel Messi.
Like many leading global businesses, FC Barcelona closely guards its secrets, granting few outsiders a view behind the scenes. But, after decades of writing about the sport and the club, Kuper was given unprecedented access to the inner sanctum and to the people who strive daily to keep Barcelona at the top.
Erudite, personal, and capturing all the latest successes and upheavals, his portrait of this incredible institution goes beyond football to understand Barça as a unique social, cultural, and political phenomenon.
"I began my research thinking I was going to be explaining Barca's rise to greatness, and I have, but I've also ended up charting the decline and fall."
'A deeply human read, wonderfully written, on the foibles of a fascinating, flawed, treacherous and sort of likeable character.' Philippe Sands
Those people who were betrayed were not innocent people. They were no better nor worse than I am. It's all part of the intelligence world. If the man who turned me in came to my house today, I'd invite him to sit down and have a cup of tea.
George Blake was the last remaining Cold War spy. As a Senior Officer in the British Intelligence Service who was double agent for the Soviet Union, his actions had devastating consequences for Britain. Yet he was also one of the least known double agents, and remained unrepentant.
In 1961, Blake was sentenced to forty-two years imprisonment for betraying to the KGB all of the Western operations in which he was involved, and the names of hundreds of British agents working behind the Iron Curtain. This was the longest sentence for espionage ever to have been handed down by a British court.
On the surface, Blake was a charming, intelligent and engaging man, and most importantly, a seemingly committed patriot. Underneath, a ruthlessly efficient mole and key player in the infamous 'Berlin Tunnel' operation. This illuminating biography tracks Blake from humble beginnings as a teenage courier for the Dutch underground during the Second World War, to the sensational prison-break from Wormwood Scrubs that inspired Hitchcock to write screenplay.
Through a combination of personal interviews, research and unique access to Stasi records, journalist Simon Kuper unravels who Blake truly was, what he was capable of, and why he did it.
The classic winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award
'None matches this global examination for originality, breadth and sheer courage' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'If you like football, read it. If you don't like football, read it' THE TIMES
Throughout the world, football is a potent force in the lives of billions of people. Focusing national, political and cultural identities, football is the medium through which the world's hopes and fears, passions and hatreds are expressed.
Simon Kuper travelled to 22 countries from South Africa to Italy, from Russia to the USA, to examine the way football has shaped them. At the same time he tried to find out what lies behind each nation's distinctive style of play, from the carefree self-expression of the Brazilians to the anxious calculation of the Italians. During his journeys he met an extraordinary range of players, politicians and - of course - the fans themselves, all of whom revealed in their different ways the unique place football has in the life of the planet.
'Football history at its best' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
'Hugely moving... a very good book indeed' FOUR FOUR TWO
'Kuper is an original, sophisticated and adventurous writer. The story he has to tell... is fascinating and pressing' SUNDAY TIMES
In FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY Simon Kuper crossed the globe in search of the links between football, politics and culture. In AJAX, THE DUTCH, THE WAR he skilfully pieces together an alternative account of World War II. He looks at the lives of the footballers who played for the Dutch club, the officials and the ordinary fans during this tumultuous period and challenges the accepted notion of the War in occupied Europe. With almost 80 per cent of Amsterdam's Jewish Corner wiped out during the war, the long-held belief that, by and large, half the Dutch population had some kind of link to the Resistance has, of late, come into question.
Kuper explores this issue and looks deeper into the role of football across Europe in the years both preceding and following the War. The result is a compelling and controversial account of the War, seen through the lens of football.
Simon Kuper, autor de Soccernomics y Fútbol contra el enemigo nos cuenta la historia de cómo el F.C. Barcelona se convirtió en el club más exitoso del mundo, y cómo esa era está finalizando.
«Esta es una historia magistralmente escrita sobre el club de fútbol más grande del mundo.» Gary Lineker
«Brillante. Simon Kuper es una de las mentes más inteligentes del fútbol, y sus tres décadas de cubrir el Barça y su tremendo acceso producen un libro que tiene los ojos claros sobre la grandeza del Barça y su declive más reciente.» Grant Wahl
El Barça no es solo el club deportivo más popular del mundo, es simplemente una de las organizaciones más influyentes del planeta. Con casi 250 millones de seguidores en las redes sociales y 4 millones de visitantes en su estadio cada año, no es de extrañar que su lema sea 'Más que un club'. Pero no siempre fue así. En las últimas tres décadas, el Barcelona pasó de un equipo regional a una potencia mundial, convirtiéndose en un modelo de excelencia deportiva y un constante ganador de títulos nacionales e internacionales.
Simon Kuper desentraña exactamente cómo se produjeron estas transformaciones. Describe la estructura organizativa detrás de las decisiones comerciales del club y detalla el trabajo de sus entrenadores, médicos, analistas de datos y nutricionistas que han revolucionado el mundo del deporte. Y, por supuesto, estudia la imponente influencia de las dos grandes leyendas de la historia del club: Johan Cruyff y Lionel Messi.
Al igual que muchas empresas líderes a nivel mundial, el F.C. Barcelona guarda de cerca sus secretos, permitiendo que pocos sean los elegidos que puedan mirar entre bastidores. Pero, después de décadas de escribir sobre el club, Kuper recibió un acceso sin precedentes al santuario interior y a las personas que se esfuerzan a diario por mantener al Barcelona en la cima.
Erudito, personal y plasmando los últimos éxitos y convulsiones, su retrato de esta increíble institución va más allá del fútbol para entender al Barça como un fenómeno social, cultural y político único.
«Comencé mi investigación pensando que iba a explicar el ascenso del Barça a la grandeza, pero también terminé detallando el declive y la caída».
«Kuper captura vívidamente el fenómeno cultural único que es el FC Barcelona. Imprescindible para los fanáticos del fútbol.» Booklist
«Kuper traduce sus décadas de cobertura del club deportivo más exitoso del mundo en un registro fascinante de su legado.» Publishers Weekly
«Una mirada inteligente y atractiva al fútbol como juego y negocio.» Kirkus
«Este libro narra y analiza una era en la historia del fútbol que tenemos la suerte de haber presenciado y que puede que nunca se iguale.» Billy Beane, legendario gerente general de los Atléticos de Oakland y protagonista de Moneyball