This work studies the links between international football and politics in Britain between 1900 and 1939. It shows how the British government saw sport as an instrument of policy and cultural propaganda.
The Daily Telegraph -" an interesting volume "
Woking News and Mail- "The scope of Becks book is extraordinary….Beck, who went to the same grammar school as Des Lynam, has created a history that will fascinate academics, anoraks and fans alike, whether in the library, in the armchair or on the terraces.;
The Independent comment page
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LSE Magazine - book details
Association of Sports Historians- "Following on in the series in which Tony Collins" award winning book was published we now have an excellently researched book by Peter Beck.This book is about the football side and is splendid, if a heavy, read."
World Soccer- " hidden away are some nuggets that should make the book required reading for all those who have, at any time, written or compiled World Cup histories."
Surrey/Richmond/Esher & Cobham/Chessington & Hook Comet- see file
FIFA Website- see file
Choice- "A thoroughly researched and documented examination of the political meaning and significance of sport."
The Sports Historian, Vol 19, No 2, Nov 99
"This book will undoubtedly be the primary political study of this area for the foreseeable future. As such it makes another worthwhile contribution to Cass"s "Sport in the Global Society" series.