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The bittersweet memoir of soccer's most controversial and entertaining star, Maradona (born 1960), recounts his precipitous rise to fame and glory from humble origins in an Argentine shantytown. The book is remarkable not only for the inside look at some of the soccer world's most important events and figures of the last three decades but for the candid exploration of Maradona's polemical life off the field. His struggle with the immense pressure of fame studies once deemed him the most recognized public figure on the planet and his confrontation with the powers that be are all chronicled with a familiar and picaresque tone that illustrates his (often-flawed) profound humanity. Maradona's autobiography paints several often contradictory portraits: family man, creative genius, loyal friend, tragic hero, temperamental artist, man of the people, and rebellious child. The truth about Maradona lies in none of these incarnations but rather in the contradictory sum of his parts; he is ultimately an enigmatic yet sincere human being, a brazen child from the slums who suddenly found himself dining with popes and was unafraid to speak his mind. No matter is too delicate for Maradona's acerbic tongue: the discrimination endured by southern Italians in their homeland as perceived during his playing days in Naples, the corruption of the Catholic Church, his lifelong addiction to cocaine, and his strained relationship with the politicians and bureaucrats who have used him when convenient, among other issues. His is the defiant life story of one of the century's most brilliant and incisive athletes. Recommended for all public libraries and bookstores. Fernando Cwilich, New York
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The autobiography of Maradona.
Don't expect to find in this book Diego's advice about not making the same mistakes he made, or Diego explicitly expressing his point of view about a specific topic/event in his... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003 by Felipe
As any true lover of football , I admire and love Maradona. I am against any comparisons with Pele, for the simple reason that Pele was an excellent player while Diego is the game... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2001 by John Halkias
Para todos aquellos que se sienten con derecho a criticar a <Maradona yo me pregunto, que han hecho ustedes en la vida? Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001 by diego
(Spanish) Diego es un simbolo del narcisismo en el mundo entero. En este libro he encontrado ciertas declaraciones que hacen del Diego una persona que necesita ayuda psicologica,... Read morePublished on April 25 2001 by A Fan
yo creo que este libro es el mejor, pues realmente habla de todo acerla de el grandisimo diegoPublished on Nov. 26 2000 by paola garcia
An autobiography about the best. A book about Diego Armando Maradona, ranked the most famous people on earth in 1994. The most incredible football player ever. Just...buy it. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2000 by Alberto Bullrich