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A Beautiful Game: The World's Greatest Players and How Soccer Changed Their Lives by [Watt, Tom]
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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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“Full of vibrant images, the book is an inspiring ode to the sport.”

About the Author

Tom Watt is an English actor, writer, and broadcaster. Television, film, and stage credits include EastEnders, Patriot Games, and Fever Pitch. Tom has broadcast about soccer extensively in the U.K. and the U.S. He co-produced the innovative children's sports series Rookies for Channel Four television and created the successful Row Z for BBC Choice TV. After presenting sports shows over the past ten years for BBC and independent radio and television stations, he is currently the lead presenter for BBC London's soccer coverage and hosts weekly programs for Arsenal's club TV channel.

As well as writing about soccer for every major U.K. newspaper, Tom is the author of several books about the game: The End, a groundbreaking oral history of Arsenal FC; A Passion for the Game, ninety firsthand accounts of life behind the scenes in English football; The Greatest Stage, the official history of Wembley Stadium; and, most recently, My Side, the bestselling autobiography of David Beckham. Tom also produces schoolbooks built around soccer, the latest of which, a twelve-book series called The Jags, was published earlier this year.


Product Details

  • File Size: 7446 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (June 17, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MVZAIG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The bigger picture this book paints of how the game affects lives, all over the world, in profound ways is what is most impressive. The photographs are moving and interweave brilliantly with the short biographies of world famous professionals. Stories from tiny countries to the worlds super powers help you get a sense of what this game represents globally. I suppose it could be any sport, soccer happens to be the most popular game all over the world for good reason: it's simplicity plus it is a universal language. It has a massive impact on lives.

My son loves this book and loves to learn about some of his favorite players. The stories are short and you don't need to read it from front to back. Easy to pick up and flip through for a few moments, gives the reader a real sense of some far away land. It truly is a moving book for anyone, not just a soccer fan
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I bought this for my son's birthday (15). I got a brief chance to look through it before and was impressed with the whole thing. I do plan to go back and read it all. He loves it and has commented a few times how much he likes it and thanked me more than once! He said he has read it through 3 times. He loves the game and this was just a great way to get more info on players he loves and some he doesn't. You won't be disappointed whether for you or as a gift.
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This is, simply, a fantastic book. I can't imagine a better read to give a sense of soccer and its role in the world. The photography is incredible and really makes me appreciate the passion this sport has garnered. Some of the interviews seem choppy and shallow but this is clearly the result of translations and casual interviews. It is this lack of polish that makes it a true gem. I read it electronically and now am buying a hard cover for my office coffee table.
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LOVE THIS BOOK! IT LOOKS AMAZING ON MY COFFEE TABLE! IT'S UNIQUE BECAUSE IT'S WRITTEN FROM THE PLAYERS THEMSELVES AND FROM THE STANDPOINT OF HOW SOCCER AT A PERSONAL LEVEL CHANGED THEIR LIVES AND WHAT THE WORLD GAME MEANS TO THEM ON A DEEPER LEVEL. A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SOCCER PLAY/FAN!
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When I purchased this book I was a little surprised by its physical size as it is very large. That being said, I think this book is a great representation of the beauty of soccer, the way that it is written where the players tell about how they fell in love with the game is really interesting especially because some great players are featured. This book more or less changed the way I address the game whenever I am able to play where now I try to smile as often as possible while playing and remember the game for what I loved when I was younger growing up.
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My life long friend over the past 70 years grew up in England and played and coached soccer for most of his life. What could I give him for Christmas that he would actually acknowledge and even read for pleasure. This book was a real winner. It proudly sits on his coffee table and he won't shut-up about its contents. I don't like soccer and I love silence. But in the long run, I pleased my friend. It's all worth it.
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We bought this book for christmas 2011. I have 4 sons between 9-13 who have almost memorized the book. short bios on players from humble backgrounds are not only inspiring, but a geography lesson as well. The big format makes the book easily approachable, and you find yourself wanting to read "just one more". The book puts a human face on professional soccer, and helps focus on the journey more than the success. Highly recommended for young and old alike.
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A moving read even if you aren't a fan of soccer. This book is about people who have an intense passion for something and follow it - no matter the struggle. It also shows how different soccer players got to where they are in very different ways. Some arrive on the world stage by playing 3 v 3 with their friends on the street with a makeshift ball while others have technical coaches from the age of 3. This book shows the beauty of soccer and how it can bring all backgrounds together for the love of a game. For those aspiring soccer players, it will inspire them by seeing the passion these guys have and reading the wisdoms they acquired to become the best. This is a great read for those who love true stories of the indomitable human spirt and those who love soccer. I wish there was another book to follow this one with some of the newer players arriving on the scene.
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