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Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona Hardcover – September, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Pr (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558215972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558215979
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,340,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The playing fields of the '80s and '90s are sadly littered with the unfulfilled promises of athletic greatness deterred by self-destruction. Soccer star Diego Maradona rose from the slums of Buenos Aires to teenage fame and a career that blazed its way across Europe before reaching apotheosis in the 1986 World Cup. That World Cup performance, in which Maradona raised his already magnificent game an impossible notch or two, elevated him to a sporting pantheon reached only by a supernatural handful: think Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, and Pelé. But, as biographer Jimmy Burns painfully details, the charismatic and stormy Maradona quickly lost everything to drugs, scandal, and corruption. Maradona's is a cautionary tale, and Burns relates it with charisma.

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Burns, a correspondent with the English Financial Times, has written a compelling unauthorized biography of soccer's Diego Maradona. Unequivocally, Maradona's prowess on the field has thrilled millions; 50 years from now this Argentine sensation will be remembered as one of the game's greatest players. However, he is also known for his off-field antics and drug use; in a country where soccer heros are immortalized, Maradona believed himself to be infallible, and he still refuses to be held accountable for his actions. Burns succeeded in providing a detailed description of Maradona's life, from the penury of growing up in Lanus to the glory of winning the World Cup and his ultimate fall from grace. With few books on the subject, Burns's insightful study is welcome. Recommended for purchase where demand warrants. (Illustrations not seen.)?Larry Robert Little, Penticton P.L., B.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The book is a well written depiction of this.
Carlon Garcia
This book catalogs the journey of the Argentinian, who grew up in the slums around Buenos Aires and catapulted to the very pinnacle of the football world.
Vikram Peters
This is a great book about the best soccer player of the 80's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Jimmy Burns has written a book that speaks to the trials and tribulations of being the world's best player in the world's most popular sport. The book traces Maradona's history as well as the man's impact on the game and the people for whom and with whom he played. Anyone who has had the chance to see the genius of Maradona on the field must take the opportunity to find out the social, cultural, psychological, physical, and mental context within which he played. Readers will gain greater insight into what it means to be an icon for the entire world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "luisknows" on January 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, it was very insightful in a historical sense as to Maradona's life. I felt it was a little too hard on Maradona. While I don't doubt the excess and lunacy that surrounded Maradona, I feel that he was an unfortunate guniea pig for what global soccer has become. I only wish that more could have been said about Maradona's fantastic play and his human side. Good book overall but temper it with one that paints Maradona in a better light.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
People become attached to a player and don't want to admit that it is possible that someone greater must come along. When Pele played the game it was slower and there was nowhere near the sophistication in the defenses that you see today( look at France 98!). If you simply watch film of Pele and then watch film of Maradonna you will see who is the true God of soccer. This book captures the life of the Greatest soccer player the world has yet to see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on July 14, 2008
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This is a fair account of the life of Diego Maradona. To deny his faults would be to akin to building conspiracy theories upon conspiracy theories. Jimmy Burns is a good writer and was a first hand witness to many events. The one problem I had with the book is that there is so little soccer in it. Indeed, this is surprising as I would think that Burns would have realized that those of us who bought it would be especially interesting in hearing the intricate details about his art on the pitch. Spending only half of page 189 and half of page 190 on the 1990 World Cup is unacceptable. We know from the newspapers as to what kind of headcase the guy was, but I wanted to hear more about his play and Maradona's place, in terms of talent, within the patheon of soccer stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Coming from a nation, where fotball is 4th in the lader of national sport, one must not dwell in the politics of his personal life, being a sport fan one must acknowlege his skills, touch, but most important the way he could read the feild and most important the opposition. Formula 1 had Nelson, Tenis had Borg , Basketball had Jordan and fotball had Maradona. And to all those English Man, the hand of God inccident was true Professionalism at that moment, this is what i think went through his mind. If i get booked i'm done,but if i don't i'm a hero. So England for your own Fotball futur , do not dwell in the past, you lost a superior player that ripped the team in half with that magical second goal, that even your keeper could not stop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Maradona is the best there ever was, in his prime years, he was literally unstoppable. Those who say Pele was better are very wrong. Pele was a great player, no doubt, but those were different times, soccer was much easier back then, it wasnt as complicated as it was on Maradona's years, Pele just got the ball and scored, Maradona did much more than that, he was/is a genious on the field, setting up plays and finishing them as well. And to the English who still hate him for beating England on the 86 world cup thanks to the "hand of God", I think you're very jealous because England has never and will never have a player like Maradona..England, Argentina will always be your daddy- some argentinian guy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Micky on January 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book, it reveals the backround of the man many English football players, and indeed fans deemed 'Evil of game spirit'. The book reveals what a troubled life he had, and how great he was at the most watched game in the world, even if some people say Pele or Marco Van Basten were the greatest players, which I am not disputing for a second. This book written by Jimmy Burns about Diego Maradona and if I may, not to the pleasure of Diego as you will se if you read the comments inside the cover, wrote about the bad life that he lead, consisting of football from age 5 onwards to drugs and alcohol age 24 onwards, as you may have heard Diego was wanted by more clubs then, than Micheal Owen is now. But Diego's career took a turn for the worse when he was caught in possesion of drugs, he went through rehab twice still not over drugs and most clubs took their interests else where. This is a great portrait of a very talented but troubled man. Diego Maradona colapsed on 10/1/00
because of his drug habbits
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a soccer fanatic and with out knowing all those things that I"m going to find out about Maradona's life in this book.I can still asure you that Maradona was and will be atleast for the next 10 years the best soccer player ever seen.With all the admiration and respect that I have for Pele.the reality indecates that during the golden years of Pele's carier the intensity and speed of the game was much slower than the game in the 80"s and 90's.Also tactically the game is much more difficult know days.Please focus more on Maradona's carier inside the field than on his personal life.
VIVA MEXICO AND THE U.S!!!!
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