I am a woman in my sixties, not the usual readership for a book about football hooligans but I found this book utterly compelling I m sure if you had looked at my face when I was reading it my eyes would have been wide open and my jaw dropped, such are the events related If you have any interest at all in football, Italy or the psychology of crowds, I recommend this.The only negative point I would make is that I would have found an index useful. For anyone though not exclusively of a certain age with a love of football from the 70 s and through the subsequent decades and the sun culture of fans, this book is a must read.Probably the most honest book on the subject I have read in a very long time. PRAISE FOR THE DARK HEART OF ITALY Jones Can Be Recommended As An Informed, Entertaining And Admirably Opinionated Guide To The Evolving Situation Sunday Times Jones Strikes Just The Right Balance Between History, Anecdote And Facts A Brilliant, Though Bleak, Book New Statesman The Dark Heart Will Ensure That Italy Remains An Object Of Our Fascination Observer An Affectionate, Occasionally Appalled Observer, An Inside Outsider He Is Unmistakably Not A Tourist IndependentA Captivating Exploration Of The Dark Side Of Football, Of Italy And Of Far Right Politics