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Beckham [Kindle Edition]

David Beckham , Tom Watt
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In England, where he spent ten seasons leading his storied club Manchester United and his nation to soccer glory, he is so wildly popular that his countrymen voted him the face they'd most want to see imprinted on their money. (Winston Churchill finished second.) In Japan, where he is worshiped as much for his headline-making fashion trends as for his ability to bend a ball around a wall of defenders, women styled their bikini waxes after the blond mohawk he sported during the 2002 World Cup. And in Spain, within days of his $41 million trade to Real Madrid, his new team received two million requests to buy his number 23 jersey. The legend of David Beckham -- soccer god, global sex symbol, style icon -- has been celebrated around the world, arguably more than Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan combined. Now, with the publication of his long-awaited autobiography, the man who inspired the surprise hit movie Bend It Like Beckham is set to conquer the last remaining outpost where soccer is not a national religion: the United States.

Beckham is a classic rags-to-riches saga: a boy, David, is born to a poor East End London family. He develops prodigious soccer skills, and his parents nurture him until he becomes one of the most gifted athletes of his generation. He grows up to marry Victoria -- a Spice Girl, "Posh" -- and enters a celebrity whirlwind of Princess Diana -- esque proportions. Together, the Beckhams are Britain's new royal couple -- their 240-acre estate outside of London is known as Beckingham Palace -- and their presence at parties or charity events guarantees endless tabloid stories and photos as well as adoring mobs that must be restrained by police barricades. Their life is as much a study in managing fame as it is in sports and pop phenomena.

In Beckham he talks candidly about the pressures of celebrity -- his wife and sons were the targets of a 2002 kidnapping plot; how he balances his roles as a devoted husband and besotted father with his globetrotting existence as an international soccer player; the behind-the-scenes stories of his most memorable career moments, such as the penalty kick against archrival Argentina in the World Cup that redeemed him to a nation who blamed him for their failure in the previous World Cup; the controversy surrounding his move to Real Madrid and the falling out with the man who shaped his career, Manchester United's famously combative manager Sir Alex Ferguson; and, finally, his love of America -- his first son was conceived in and named Brooklyn -- where, like the great Pelé, David can imagine playing out his final seasons.

So much has been written about David Beckham that it's easy to think we know everything about the world's most famous athlete, but only Beckham himself can set the record straight on his beliefs, his dreams, his loves, his fears, and, above all, his sense of who he is. Beckham is an intimate account of an extraordinary life, a life in which, against all odds, he has managed to keep both feet on the ground.

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Adult/High School-The legendary soccer player and cultural icon takes readers on a tour of his life, from the streets of Chingford, England, to his role as star player on the world's most famous professional soccer team, with all the struggles and stadiums, and daring exploits, in between. As the inspiration for the hit movie Bend It Like Beckham, the subject of endless tabloid fodder, and the husband of a former Spice Girl, Beckham has captured the minds and hearts of not only the people of his native country, but of those around the world as well. Dozens of excellent-quality, black-and-white and color photos are included, about half of which have appeared elsewhere. This book is sure to be wildly popular with teens.
James O. Cahill, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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“Smashing. . .Beckham is a magnet for controversy”

Product Details

  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC10RU
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight into Beckham's life at the moment October 27, 2003
By D'Arcy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My review may be a little bit biased because I really like David Beckham, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I would have a liked a little bit more detail.
I read a recent review on here where someone said they were disappointed that Becks used Americanized language in the book. He should know that there was a UK and a US version of this book released, hence the use of 'soccer' instead of 'football', etc. The UK book is called 'David Beckham: My Side' and is written for the English audience. I also questioned how much of the book was penned by David or the co-author Tom Watt. I can't exactly see Becks sitting down to a computer and writing his memoirs. But who cares - it was written from his point of view and I really enjoyed being able to get inside his head.
I'd say the most interesting parts of the book were his rows with Alex Ferguson, leading to his eventual sale to Real Madrid and his feelings behind his sending off at the 1998 World Cup. I guess I wanted a book that would tell some behind-the-scenes type stuff and those were some of the highlights.
If you like David Beckham, I think you'd enjoy this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Beckham October 8, 2007
A Kid's Review
This book is a great book if you are a soccer fan. If your not it will still change the way you look at sports stars forever!
This book talks about David Beckham inside and out. It makes you realize how many people take the sport called soccer (football) so seriously and how that can affect a player. It makes you see David as a different person. You see past the reputation and greatness of this wonderful man. It makes you look at him as a person like you and me. He is very humble as he tells his story. You realize how much respect he has for other stars such has Michel Jordan, Ronaldo, Zidane and more.
He talks about his life in soccer and his life outside of soccer. Sometimes I got a little confused because he would go back and forth a little bit but it makes sense if you keep reading. He talks about all the important games and all the games that meant something to him personally. It is amazing how much he remembers from his career at Man U and Real Madrid. He mentions at least 4 games a chapter if not more. I loved that because I love soccer and hearing about what happened.
He talks about his childhood and how much he was committed to playing. The long nights with his dad in the park and then going to watch his dad play soccer with his friends and how he was so happy when he got to play with them, about how he always liked to play against the older kids for a challenge. How the Ridge Way Rovers, his childhood team and his dad and his coaches made him the player that he is today.
He talks about all his time with Man U. He talks about his time with the child development team, how he struggled to get a starting position in the first team when his friends were already starting regularly. How he scored his amazing goal from half field to make people start realizing him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! November 18, 2003
A Kid's Review
This book was very interesting when it comes to details and anecdotes. It had a lot of information about Becks and that was what made this book fun to read.
Despite how great the book is, it can be better. It can have more detail about a few things, such as Beck's role with his boss and less details on subjects such as lossing a match and how it felt.
But other than that, it is a great book and I recomment this to everyone who knows Dave and is a fan of his.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beckham, Both Feet on the Ground January 20, 2006
Are you looking for a great book to read? Then the book for you is Beckham Both Feet on the Ground. This is a fantastic autobiography by one of the greatest living soccer players of all time. You're probably thinking yuck soccer. That's boring. Well you couldn't be any more wrong. This book not only talks about his incredible soccer career, but he also talks about his fantastic stories of his childhood and his wonderful wife and children. This book goes through his whole life story from when he was a little boy in London to his new home in Real Madrid. He is said to be the next big soccer prodigy the world has ever seen. Is it true? He tells many stories of his glories victories to his upsetting losses. This book is an emotional roller coaster. From getting a red card in the world cup to winning the FA Primer league with his beloved club team Manchester United. This book is the number one international best seller. It was easy to understand. It was a lengthy book but don't be intimidated. It was so intriguing that you wont want to put it down. There are also a variety of pictures to help better understand what he is saying. To read more about the wonderful life of David Beckham pick this book up were ever books are sold.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Truth about Beckham November 21, 2003
I recently became a fan of David Beckham and reading this book really made me a bigger fan. I recommand this book to any David Beckham Fan. This book takes you to a journey from his childhood days, to meeting his wife Victoria (Posh Spice), his 98 World Cup experience, the birth of his two adorable sons, Brooklyn (4) and Romeo (1), his experince as a Man. U player and his reasons for leaving Man. U and joining Real Madrid. I really felt for his when he explained his experiences. I remember having tears when he talked about the birth of his son, Brooklyn.
The book also has some excellent pictures of him and his family. If your a huge David Beckham fan, than I higly recommand this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great role model and soccer player!
Great book and very insightful view into his life!
Published 9 months ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and captivating.
The pictures made the book more interesting and gives you a closer glimpse of the footballer's life. I would recommend this to any lover of the game.
Published 12 months ago by Chizoba
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun if your a fan
The book is a little (a lot) over written and he repeats himself every four pages but (if true) you do get a little insight to his life at the time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beckham's autobio great read
Very well written book which described specific plays and the atmosphere inside of a football stadium beautifully. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Daniel Livarchik
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book about Beckham's life
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Published on February 27, 2013 by Mrs. Cambells Independent Reading Project
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Soccer Player, Dad, Humanitarian ...
After all the articles and profiles that have been written about David Beckham, arguably the best soccer player to ever come out of the British Isles, more specifically England -... Read more
Published on October 16, 2012 by S.E.Ingraham
2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable enough to read
Good enough to read for non soccer fans but certainly not a pageturner. Even after reading the book I still feel as though I don't know much about him.
Published on December 25, 2011 by Merf
1.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Bad
This book has no insight, no important details, and no excitement. Written hastily and poorly. Needs revising and needs passion; something this book utterly lacks.
Published on July 23, 2011 by Sorboat
5.0 out of 5 stars David Beckham: Life, fame, love, family, and heartache as seen through...
Let me just start off by saying I am a HUGE David Beckham fan, nevertheless it will not make my review a biased one. Read more
Published on December 20, 2010 by Christopher Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
For a used product it is in excellent condition and i got my purchase on time, i will definately be back.
Published on March 5, 2008 by Roxene Nickle
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