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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (December 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253341914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253341914
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Stealing Lives] is a book that anyone concerned about the future of baseball, the challenges of economic globalization and basic human rights should read. Baseball fans might not look at the Fernandez or the Hernandez or the Ramirez on the roster of their favorite major league teams in quite the same way." —St. Petersburg Times

About the Author

Arturo J. Marcano Guevara, a Venezuelan lawyer and the International Legal Advisor to the Venezuelan Baseball Players Association, frequently appears in the Latin American media in connection with baseball issues.

David P. Fidler, Professor of Law at Indiana University, is an international lawyer who has served as a consultant on matters of law and public policy to numerous governmental agencies and international organizations.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found Stealing Lives a great book and I will recomend it to everyone who wants to know the dark side of baseball in its relationship with Latinoamerica. A reviewer claimed that the office established by the Commissioner's Office in the Domincian Republic is not discussed in the book when actually is deeply analysed in several chapters. ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Torres on December 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A really great book about a side of baseball that is not often analyse. It is a must read for every baseball fan that wants to know exactly how is the recruitment proccess of baseball players in Latin America!
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This book is a great view into the inner workings of Dominican baseball and how it relates to the major leagues. The book is written in academic fashion, but draws the reader into the subject matter. It is a great secondary source. I highly recommend this book.
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By M. Mata on February 16, 2013
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Great books for baseball fans like this one are hard to find in most bookstores. I purchased this book for a teenager interested in baseball history and he absolutely loved it!
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2002
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As a reader I am being asked to believe that Major League Baseball is institutionally exploiting children in developing nations. Quite a claim! What kind of evidence and what kind of methods do these authors present to make their case? The best I can make of it is that they have systematically searched for cases that would confirm their conclusions. This is bad enough in itself, but their conclusions seem to have come at the beginning of their work, rather than at the end.
The cases they rely upon are, in my investigation of similar events, swamped by others that indicate clubs ranging along a continuum from poor to good. Moreover, the Commissioner's Office has established an office in the Domincian Republic that is regulating all of the organizations down there (working closely with the Dominican Commissioner of Baseball). Where is this discussed? What kind of method on their part resulted in the selection of the Chicago Cubs, rather than the Houston Astros? Or the particular Venezuelan they chose to highlight? The absence of much in the way of first hand accounts of people involved with organizations or the Commissioner's Office makes me wonder how this whole book was generated.
The worst part of this work is that it represents a rank form of ethnocentrism, a bias in which we see other cultural behavior through the lens of our own culture. We usually associate this with conservative thinking. Clearly, that's not the case. Ethnocentrism, in this case, is aided by dreadful research resulting in interpretations of situations in other cultures that are misleading, and often simply wrong.
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Arturo J. Marcano Guevara is a lawyer, a published author and an expert on the topic of professional baseball in Latin America. Marcano has been at the forefront of generating awareness in the United States, Canada, and Latin America about problems in Latin American countries caused by professional baseball. Marcano served as the International Legal Advisor to the Venezuelan Baseball Players Association, advising on issues affecting professional baseball in Venezuela, and more recently as the founder and Executive Director of MIA, a Canadian NGO with a focus on professional sports and human development.

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