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The biography of Argentine soccer sensation Diego. A very good biography of the little big man himself Like any proper sport book I haven t read Ashley Cole s Autobiography but I can only assume it has similar literary aspirations it takes in the wider cultural and political society around its subject matter and this book left me wanting to learn about that period of Argentina s history But it is also a Sex and Drugs and Rock n Roll story with plenty of lurid tales and gossip If Peter Biskand wrote sport biographies I guess they would be a little like this

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Hand of God The Life of Diego Maradona Soccer's Fallen Star

Maradona's life from the slums of Buenos Aires t. A little dull than it is incisive Hand of God is at least easier to read than most of my current fare The final chapter an addendum for this newer edition of the book is decidedly better for a brevity the rest of the book lacked

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O his World Cup win to his ultimate fall from gra. The well written unauthorised biography by Jimmy Burns as expected offers us an objective detached perspective on Maradona s life from the shanty town of Villa Fiorito to the nightclubs of Napoli Sevilla and London passing by his footballing miracles and numerous downfalls in Buenos Aires Mexico City and Napoli based mostly on news reports and interviews and accounts of fellow players managers and agents during his playing career and even though it lacks the intimacy of autobiographies it is still interesting to read and Burns does a fairly good job in keeping the reader s attention and interest throughout the book which can be challenging baring in mind how well known Maradona s life story is for the intended reader of the bookThe book doesn t portrait Maradona as hero or villain it mainly blames his destructive circle of friends and agents club officials doctors and politicians who badly exploited him but also blames the player on allowing himself to be exploited and how his inherent immaturity and self destructiveness prevented him from achieving in his playing career It can be argued however that Maradona s peculiarities and imperfections as well as lack of formal education are what made him what he was and he would have been a different player altogether with a different skill set and attributes probably not as special had he had a proper education and a better surrounding environmentMaradona s big fans will probably find the book too harsh at times Maradona s sharp criticisers might find it too apologetic I personally think it was mostly neutral taking its time detailing the history of Maradona s family and the political and social background of 60 s and 70 s Argentina that would provide an explanation and justification for his erratic and otherwise inexplicable behaviour I found the parts about Argentina s politics to be most enjoyable and it carried the book at times However I was hoping to find in the book about Napoli s achievements winning the Italian league twice against the big sharks of the north which got glossed over to a certain extent compared with other parts of Maradona s life and I think it as well as other Maradona s achievements deserved a bit emphasis for the sake of balance along the biographyA good impartial read for football fans and those interested in the socialpoliticalfinancial side of the game specially around the 80 s Reading Maradona s autobiography albeit much partial understandably and not that well written might possibly complement the view and the rants there would definitely be enjoyable for many football fans


10 thoughts on “Hand of God The Life of Diego Maradona Soccer's Fallen Star

  1. says:

    Diego is my hero Did you see him strutting around in that Shark Skin suit during the last World Cup? Pure unbridled role modelwe will see if that opinion changes after the reading of this biographysometime laterWell finished this bio during my 13 hour wait at the Shelter Bay Ferry Landing and man do I love Diego What a pompous egotistical

  2. says:

    It's always interesting to read an unauthorised biography without the rose tinted spectacles approach and especially about c

  3. says:

    A very good biography of the little big man himself Like any proper sport book I haven't read Ashley Cole's Autobiography but I can only assume it has similar literary aspirations it takes in the wider cultural and political society around its subject matter and this book left me wanting to learn about that period of Argentina's history Bu

  4. says:

    Wow I certainly learned a lot about Maradona through this well researched book It focuses on his colourful off field story and less on the football side which is a small criticism over what is otherwise a great read

  5. says:

    A little dull than it is incisive Hand of God is at least easier to read than most of my current fare The final chapter an addendum for this newer edition of the book is decidedly better for a brevity the rest of the book lacked

  6. says:

    Good read of a sad storyA very interesting read on the life story of Maradonna So sad to see how drugs and alcohol shortened the career and story of what could have been the greatest football player ever

  7. says:

    un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of Godwhat a life he has GOAT of Football

  8. says:

    Perceptive biography of a deeply complex man Explains the psychology of Maradona and what he has symbolised

  9. says:

    The well written unauthorised biography by Jimmy Burns as expected offers us an objective detached perspective on Maradona's life from the shanty town of Villa Fiorito to the nightclubs of Napoli Sevilla and London passing by his footballing miracles and numerous downfalls in Buenos Aires Mexico City and Napoli based most

  10. says:

    This book showed and described in detail what Diego Armando Maradonna's life was like and how he lived throughout his footballing career It described where the famous Argentine lived in his childhood Villa Fiorito a very poor village where his dad Chitoro worked in a factory for long hours to maintain his family of six alo