Reviving War Minus the Shooting – a chat with Osman Samiuddin


In the latest episode of the podcast we talk about how and why we set up 81allout Publishing – and the first book we recently released: Mike Marqusee’s War Minus the Shooting.

ESPNcricinfo’s senior editor Osman Samiuddin tells us what the book has meant to him and why he considers it a classic work.

Buy War Minus the Shooting in:

India (e-copy only)

USA (paperback and e-copy)

UK (paperback and e-copy)

Australia (paperback and e-copy)

Canada (paperback and e-copy)

Germany (paperback and e-copy)

For the rest – please check your country-specific Amazon pages.

Talking Points:

  • How an idea for a book project sprang from a couple of podcasts
  • The journey to acquire the distribution rights to War Minus the Shooting
  • Navigating contracts and salvaging a manuscript
  • The immense goodwill that this project generated from everyone concerned
  • Gideon Haigh’s foreword that captures the book’s prescience
  • How Marqusee punches down on the powerful – retaining his humour throughout
  • A staunch critique of globalization without any preachiness or hectoring
  • Marqusee’s ability to understand the behavior of crowds – and put a finger on the reasons for the ferment
  • A mighty work of travel writing, political writing, business writing, and sports writing
  • Atmospheric cricket writing – on Tendulkar, Aravinda, Mark Waugh and Warne
  • Marqusee’s innate understanding of the link that binds sports and corporations


Osman Samiuddin (@osmansamiuddin)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)


Revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic cricket book – 81allout podcast on War Minus the Shooting – Part 1

‘You Little Beauty’ – 81allout podcast on the 1996 World Cup – 81allout podcast on the 1996 World Cup

An unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman Samiuddin – 81allout podcast

When Sachin Tendulkar and Saeed Anwar opened against Murali and Vaas – excerpt from War Minus the Shooting – ESPNcricinfo 

Ghostwriting for Imran, beach cricket with Viv, working for Pataudi – 81allout podcast with Mudar Patherya

War Minus the Cliches – Rob Steen’s review of War Minus the Shooting

Why Cricket? – Mike Marqusee

Mike Marqusee’s website with many of his writings

Mike Marqusee – An American Who Figured Out Cricket – Abhishek Mukherjee –

Other books discussed:

The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket – Osman Samiuddin

Anyone But England – Mike Marqusee

Pundits From Pakistan – Rahul Bhattacharya

Not Quite Cricket – Pradeep Magazine

Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s – Mike Marqusee

Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Inside Kinnock’s Labour Party – Mike Marqusee


A note from Siddhartha Vaidyanathan and Mahesh Sethuraman:

This journey to republication was possible thanks to so many helping hands. A big thanks to:

Liz Davies for trusting us with the distribution rights; Mudar Patherya for putting the seed of the idea in our heads; Sharda Ugra and Fidel Fernando for the wonderful podcast; Clayton Murzello for the unflinching support; Gideon Haigh for generously offering to write the foreword; Mike Atherton for providing a blurb; Kamal Julka for sending the cover photograph in short notice; Vinayak Varma for the brilliant logo and cover design; Kartikeya Date for sending us a PDF of the manuscript; Suhrith Parthasarathy and Swaroop Mami for legal advice; Samanth Subramanian for the enterprise and industry; Ashoka Rao and Deepauk Murugesan for being part of the 81allout journey for three years; and last – but definitely not the least – all our listeners and readers who have driven us to aim higher and do better. Thank you to one and all.

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