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Rafael Nadal: The Biography Hardcover – July 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake; First Edition edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844547221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844547227
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Oldfield is the author of Arsene Wenger and Cristiano Ronaldo.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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As there is very little in print about Nadal, the book was worth my time.
Everyday Person
I hate to say this about any book but it was a total waste of my time and money.
TennisFan
If you're a tennis fan like I am you will enjoy every bit of this book ..
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By K. Gray on May 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly awaited this book to find out more about Rafa - one of the most exciting sports performers going. As a tennis fan, I already knew some basics about him, but nothing could have prepared me for this lousy letdown. Can you write a biography without interviewing a single person? Could you make an electrifying person's life story unreadably boring? The book appears to have been created by "illuminating" match reports from newspaper and wire services accounts. It is stupefying page after page after page of generic sports travelogue: ...so after winning the first set easily, Rafa uncharacteristically relaxed, allowing the fiery ______ back into the match by dropping a tiebreak; he then found his purple patch and rolled over the helpless opponent 6-1 in the third... It reminded me somehow of the storied Reagan radio broadcast practice of recreating baseball games by reading the teletype rather than actually being at the game. The ONLY single fact about his life I learned from this book was that he spent some early time at Bollettieri's - no details, no quotes from coaches, no childhood pals or junior opponents. Wow - talk about phoning it in! There is far more Rafa bio information available in the splendid new Wertheim book Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played. If I sound bitter, I am - sadly, learning more about the fascinating Rafa and his rise through the tennis ranks awaits someone who is willing to actually research his life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TennisFan on October 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As my title reveals, I am no fan of this book. I was excited to receive it and read it immediately. There was nothing in the book I didn't already know. It didn't increase my knowledge about Rafa. And it was all about Rafa's matches. Nothing about Rafa himself, you don't feel any closer to Rafa after reading this book. I hate to say this about any book but it was a total waste of my time and money. Very disappointing. I would really like to know why it was compiled and published. Rafa has also come out to say this is not his official biography. I suggest waiting for his official autobiography or looking at other books. If you have follwed Rafa closely and read up a lot about him, there is absolutely no reason for you to read this one, none whatsoever.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darrell White on August 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The writing is poor...a collection of over-used phrases and cliches. The editing is questionable as the work is full of misspellings and grammatical mistakes. But, worst of all, after you finish, you will have learned very little about Rafa. The book is simply a rehash of Rafa's matches over the last several years. No interviews; no personal information. Background data presented was simply reprinting quotes from other media sources.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Fonseca on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Man, it's always the same history: some clever guy decides to make some money over other guy's successes...

This is another of those "copy and paste" unnoficial biographies where the author did not interview one single person related to his subject. All information is common knowledge, all information is copied from magazines and internet articles. And, of course, to release a "biography" of someone who barely made 23...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 11, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a huge Rafa fan, so I was excited to get this book. Tom Oldfield did a superb job describing, with exactness, the matches Rafa has won, point by point, win by win, or loss by loss. But I was really disappointed when didn't write at all about Rafa the person or how his career began. I was hoping to get to know more about him and gain some insight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Scoley on September 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I like to read as much as possible about Rafa as I am a huge fan onf his and am always keen to find out more about him.

This was disappointing beause if you're a diehard Rafa fan you will know everything in this book from the newspapers.

There are some nice colour pictures in it but apart from that it's not that good.

I prefer Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played which has more interesting info and I also love this poetry book which has 80 poems in about Rafa as well as other poems about love, if you're crazy about Rafa you'll love this!
The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)
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