Roland Perry's Bradman's Best, is arguably one of the best cases of a cricket enthusiast's fantasy. Enroute to becoming the best advertisement of this age -- old fancy, now buoyed by the fantasy game super selector, it has led a series of past greats and ordinary followers of the game to follow suit with 'Best's' of their own.
Empirically rich in research, the book is a valuable contribution to the existing archive of cricket literature, a contribution that, however, loses its significance somewhat in the absence of a bibliography and detailed endnotes.
In demonstrating how the aura of the Bradman legend lives on, Perry also brings to light, though in an obscure manner, some of the unworthy traits of the legend's character. Bradman's bitter rivalries with Fingleton and O'Reilly, his indifference towards racism, are elements often ignored in analyses of Bradman, facts buried under the weight and volume of his unparalleled achievements.
By virtue of being titled, Bradman's Best, this book's marketable potential is doubtless,...