This book cannot be approached without attempting to understand its author. Charles Foster is a seething, polymathic cauldron of conflicting talents. He is a barrister. He is a vet. He is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, teaching medical law and ethics. He is an inveterate traveller.
Like it or not, sport is intertwined with politics. Sportsmen who reject the link are shirking the responsibility that accompanies their money and fame.