Following The Success Of Simon Hughes Red Machine And Men In White Suits, Books Which Depicted Liverpool FCs Domination During The S And Its Subsequent Fall In The S, Ring Of Fire Focuses On The S And The Primary Characters Who Propelled Liverpool To The Forefront Of European Football Once Again With A Foreword By Steven Gerrard, This Is The Third Edition In A Bestselling Series Based On Revealing Interviews With Former Players, Coaches And Managers For Liverpool FC, Entry Into The St Century Began With Modernisation And Trophies Under Manager Grard Houllier And Development Was Then Underpinned By Improbable Champions League Glory Under Rafael Bentez Yet That Is Only Half Of The Story The Decade Ended With The Club Being On The Verge Of Administration After The Shambolic Reign Of American Owners, Tom Hicks And George GillettIn Ring Of Fire, Hughes Interviewees Including Jamie Carragher, Xabi Alonso And Michael Owen Take You Through Melwoods Training Ground Gates And Into The Inner Sanctum, The Liverpool Dressing Room Each Person Delivers Fascinating Insights Into The Minds Of The Players, Coaches And Boardroom Members As They Talk Frankly About Exhilarating Highs And Excruciating Lows, From Winning Cups In Cardiff And Istanbul To The Political Infighting That Undermined A Succession Of Managerial Reigns Ring Of Fire Tells The Real Stories Those Never Told Before By The Key Players Who Lived Through It All

8 thoughts on “Ring of Fire: Liverpool into the 21st century: The Players' Stories

  1. says:

    If you re a fan of Simon Hughes previous books, Red Machine and Men In White Suits, this picks up where they left off.Each chapter is a different character who marked a certain part of Liverpool s history between 2000 and 2009, with the author making some fairly brave decisions about who to interview Steven Gerrard, for instance, writes the foreword but doesn t get a chapter of his own Simon Hughes explains why at the beginning and, honestly, it s fair enough Players like Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, Neil Mellor, Didi Hamann, Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera, Fernando Torres and Jamie Carragher are mixed with Phil Thompson, Gerard Houllier and Rick Parry to give an all round story.Simon Hughes gets some real exclusives, too especially from Owen and Torres I won t spoil them here.The author s greatest skill in these books is a lack of ego For lesser writers, it d be all too easy to make it about them, not the interviewee Sports writers fall foul of this all too often but Simon Hughes always gets this right It s the players and the officials who count and the result is a fascinating insight into a turbulent 10 years at Anfield.

  2. says:

    Great insight and thoroughly enjoyable read Probably could have done with the Benitez interview, as acknowledged Appreciate that this was tricky to coordinate though.

  3. says:

    It looks fine thank you just read bits as its a Christmas present for our son Anything to do with Liverpool will be fine We have not lost our marbles we start Christmas shopping in January.

  4. says:

    Throughly entraining and the equal of Simon Hughes s other books in this series.

  5. says:

    A terrific read and if you enjoyed Simon s other books then you ll definitely love this one He really gets the best out of his interviews and I particularly enjoyed the Torres chapter, helps if you re a Liverpool fan but any football fan would enjoy this..Buy it and if you like it check out the Anfield Wrap for excellent football writing

  6. says:

    Fantastic insight into LFC during the 00 s decade, a brilliant read The Torres chapter I particular is excellent and shines a light on an area that remained unclear for a long time.

  7. says:

    Really enjoyed this, very easy to read.

  8. says:

    An illuminating read and insight of the noughties and the real life stories behind the headlines honest and open accounts from a mixed cast of contributors all with something new to say