Category: Sports

  • Salvajes y sentimentales: Letras de fútbol (CONTEMPORANEA)

    «En ningún otro libro de fútbol se encontrarían análisis tan inteligentes y conmovedores»

    Stuttgarter Zeitung

    La supuesta incompatibilidad entre las letras y el fútbol ya fue desmentida por algunos clásicos modernos: tanto Nabokov como Camus ocuparon puesto de portero en sus respectivas juventudes, y el segundo dijo que cuanto de importante sabía acerca de los angeles ethical humana lo había aprendido en el fútbol.

    A ellos se une el novelista Javier Marías (que fue extremo izquierdo en l. a. infancia) con esta colección de piezas futbolísticas en las que tampoco l. a. ethical está ausente. Escribir de este deporte es para él «un descanso». Para Marías el fútbol es l. a. «recuperación semanal de l. a. infancia»; y también es temor y temblor, dramaticidad y zozobra , una mezcla de sentimentalidad y salvajismo, una escuela de comportamiento y nostalgia, y l. a. escenificación de los angeles épica al alcance de todo el mundo.

    En este libro, que incorpora treinta nuevos textos, se habla de jugadores y aficionados, entrenadores y presidentes, derrotas y triunfos, de emoción y vergüenza; también del carácter casi cinematográfico de este deporte, de l. a. cuidadosa memoria y el rápido olvido, del patriotismo, los angeles celebración de los goles, los himnos, los andares y gestos llenos de significado. Y vemos el fútbol como lo que seguramente es, en el fondo, para millones de aficionados: un interminable desfile de héroes, villanos, figurantes y gestas, un espectáculo que quizá merece los angeles pena tomarse en serio.

    La crítica ha dicho...

    «Marías es aquí conciso, rápido, tan beligerante como ingenioso, autobiográfico sin reservas, y rastrea su tema con pasión y coraje.»

    Neue Zürcher Zeitung

    «Como viejo aficionado al fútbol, incluso cuando no estaba de moda entre los angeles intelligentsia, yo le agradezco a Javier Marías este libro que ha reavivado mis recuerdos.»

    Miguel García-Posada, El País

    «Las ponderadas e ingeniosas «letras de fútbol» de Marías son puro placer tanto para los aficionados al fútbol como para los interesados en los angeles literatura.»

    Die Weltwoche

    «Las breves piezas futbolísticas de Javier Marías resultan poéticas y rebosan de pasión contenida.»

    Freitag

    «Pura y dulce nostalgia.»

    Die Zeit

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  • Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

    By John Carlin

    Beginning in a prison phone and finishing in a rugby tournament—the precise tale of the way the main inspiring allure offensive in background introduced South Africa together.

    After being published from felony and profitable South Africa’s first unfastened election, Nelson Mandela presided over a rustic nonetheless deeply divided by way of fifty years of apartheid. His plan was once formidable if now not far-fetched: use the nationwide rugby workforce, the Springboks—long an embodiment of white-supremacist rule—to embrace and interact a brand new South Africa as they ready to host the 1995 global Cup. The string of wins that not just defied the percentages, yet capped Mandela’s striking attempt to carry South Africans jointly back in a hard-won, enduring bond.

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  • PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao--the Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World

    By Gary Andrew Poole

    PacMan is "a different journey into the exceptional lifetime of Manny Pacquiao."--Robert Cassidy, Newsday

    along with his shellacking of Antonio Margarito in November 2010, Manny "PacMan" Pacquiao turned the one boxer ever to win 8 international championships in 8 varied weight sessions. Proclaimed the "fighter of the last decade" by means of ESPN and elected Congressman within the Philippines, he's an notion to his countrymen. yet to many, he continues to be an enigma.

    In PacMan--named the best activities books of 2010 by way of the Guardian--Gary Andrew Poole pulls again the curtain in an "amazing story of the way a reed-thin Filipino, who left his domestic within the poorest pocket of the Philippines ("The urban of Dust") on the age of 15 . . . grew to become some of the most recognizable names and faces on this planet" (Dallas Morning News).

    "Excellent."--Sports Illustrated
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  • Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague

    By Marc Perelman

    Marc Perelman pulls no punches during this succinct and searing broadside, assailing the ‘recent kind of barbarism’ that's the international carrying occasion. put out of your mind the Olympics and examine, lower than Perelman’s tips, the ledger of inequities maintained by means of such supposedly risk free games.

    They have supplied a smokescreen for the forcible removing of ‘undesirables’; aided governments within the pursuit of racist agendas; affirmed the hypocrisy of drug-testing in an the place doping is extra an important than an aberration; and built the pornographic hybrid that Perelman dubs ‘sporn’, an extra twist in our corrupt obsession with the body.

    Drawing examples from the trendy historical past of the foreign carrying occasion, Perelman argues that today’s colosseums, upheld as examples of ‘health’, became the steamroller for a decadent age fixated on festival, repute and elitism.
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  • The Way of the Gladiator

    "Hail Caesar, we who're approximately to dic salute you"! And die the gladiators did. In an enormous marble Colosseum greater than the yank Stadium, the folks of Rome, patrician and commoner, flocked to determine gladiators mangled underneath the hoofs and wheels of horses and chariots, slaughtered by way of half-starved wild beasts and butchered by means of well-armed and armoured pros. With the Empire in decline, dying and torture grew to become the one spectacles that happy the decadent Romans' longing. The Emperor Trajan gave one set of video games that lasted 122 days; at its finish, eleven 000 humans and 10 000 animals have been killed. the folks of Rome enjoyed it- they usually sought after extra. this is often the intense and real account of the Roman video games and the gladiators who fought and died within the most harsh, most costly spectacles of all time!
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  • Ultra

    By David Carroll

    A tender ultra-marathon runner is driven to the verge of collapse and past during this gripping story of actual patience and emotional healing.

    Quinn has been known as a superhero and a freak of nature. At age thirteen, he's an grand distance runner. he's taking at the second-hardest problem of his existence while he enters his first ultramarathon: a grueling 100-mile, 24-hour-long race that would push him to the very restrict of his endurance.

    While Quinn struggles to head on — up a mountain and during the evening, as his muscular tissues holiday down and he starts off to hallucinate — we examine why the ultra-marathon is just the second one toughest factor he has continued in his younger lifestyles. and perhaps this devastating occasion from his earlier is strictly what Quinn has been operating from . . .

    Framed as an interview with a media commentator after Quinn's newsmaking end, this outstanding debut novel from ultra-marathon runner David Carroll reminds us that once we dare to problem what's attainable, the notice most unlikely loses its which means
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  • Babe Ruth's Called Shot: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball's Greatest Home Run

    By Ed Sherman

    The anticipation of one other showdown with the Bambino remodeled Wrigley box. transitority bleachers held the overflow of the 50,000-strong crowd that vibrant September day. online game three of the 1932 international sequence among the Cubs and Yankees stood locked at 4-4. An offended mob, rocking the ballpark with pent-up fury, aimed itself squarely at him. He had by no means skilled something love it. yet above the just about deafening noise, the slugger might listen the tide of barbs pouring at him from the Cubs’ dugout. They known as him a busher, a fats slob, and different names now not healthy to print on the time. He took the 1st pitch for a strike, stepped out of the field, and picked up himself. Cubs pitcher Charlie Root threw balls, and Ruth watched a fastball lower the nook to set the count number at 2 and a couple of. at the on-deck circle, Lou Gehrig heard Ruth name out to Root: “I’m going to knock the following one down your goddamn throat.” Ruth took a deep breath, raised his arm, and held out hands towards centerfield. As Root wound up, the gang roared in expectation. It was once a change-up curve, low and away, however it got here in flat and with out chew. The ball compressed on impression with Ruth’s bat and commenced its lengthy trip into heritage, whizzing previous the centerfield flag pole. nobody had ever long gone that a ways at Wrigley—not even Cubs hitter Hack Wilson. Estimates positioned its distance at approximately 500 ft. Ruth virtually sprinted round the bases. Video cameras of the day raced to meet up with him, his teammates cracking that they hadn’t visible him run that quickly in decades. Then he flashed 4 arms on the Cubs infielders and their dugout: The sequence used to be going to be over in 4 video games. In that second, the legend of the known as Shot used to be born, however the debate over what Ruth had truly performed at the afternoon of October 1, 1932, had simply begun.
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  • The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak

    By Ed Viesturs

    The bestselling writer of No Shortcuts to the head and K2 chronicles his 3 makes an attempt to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest top, Annapurna within the Himalaya, whereas exploring the dramatic and tragic background of others who've made -- or tried – the ascent, and what those exploits educate us approximately dealing with life's maximum challenges.
                As a highschool pupil within the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, the place the top items at the horizon have been water towers, Ed Viesturs learn and was once captivated by means of the French climber Maurice Herzog's recognized and grisly account of the 1st ascent of Annapurna in 1950. while he begun his personal crusade to climb the world's 14 maximum peaks within the overdue Nineteen Eighties, Viesturs seemed ahead with trepidation to project Annapurna himself. disasters to summit in 2000 and 2002 made Annapurna his nemesis. His winning 2005 ascent used to be the effective capstone of his hiking quest. In The Will To Climb Viesturs brings the intense demanding situations of Annapurna to brilliant lifestyles via edge-of-your-seat debts of the best climbs within the mountain’s heritage, and of his personal failed makes an attempt and eventual success.  within the method he ponders what Annapurna finds approximately a few of our such a lot basic ethical and religious questions--questions, he think, that we have to resolution to guide our lives well.
     
    "Of all fourteen of the world's optimum mountains, which I climbed among 1989 and 2005," writes Viesturs, "the one who got here the nearest to defeating my most sensible efforts was once Annapurna.” even though it used to be the 1st 8,000-meter height to be climbed,  Annapurna isn't really besides often called the world's optimum mountain, Everest, or moment optimum, K2. yet as Viesturs argues, Annapurna, whereas now not technically the main tough of the 8,000ers, is the main daunting since it has no route--no ridge or face on any facet of the mountain--that is comparatively freed from what climbers name "objective danger"—the risk of avalanches, mainly, but in addition of collapsing seracs (huge ice blocks), falling rocks, and crevasses. due to the fact its first ascent in 1950, Annapurna has been climbed via greater than a hundred thirty humans, yet fifty three have died attempting. This excessive fatality fee makes Annapurna the main risky of the 8,000-meter peaks.
    Viesturs and co-author David Roberts chronicle Ed's 3 makes an attempt to climb Annapurna, in addition to the makes an attempt of others, from the 2 French climbers who made the landmark first ascent of Annapurna on June three, 1950, throughout the bold and tragic campaigns of such world-class mountaineers as Reinhold Messner and Anatoli Boukreev. Viesturs's money owed and analyses of those striking adventures function some extent of departure for his exploration of topics vividly illustrated by way of Annapurna expeditions, together with obsession and dedication, worry and success, failure and triumph--issues which were missed within the another way very wealthy literature of climbing, and which could tell the lives and activities of everybody.
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  • The American Angler Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout: Proven Skills, Techniques, and Tactics from the Pros

    By Aaron Jasper

    The yankee Angler consultant to Fly Fishing For Trout will, inside a short 176 pages, give you the starting and intermediate angler with every thing they should understand on the way to effectively fly fish for the most well-liked quarry in the USA. it's going to comprise the necessities of casting, the fundamentals of either dry fly fishing and rainy fly fishing, a primer on quite a few species of trout, and an summary of leading locations for making plans your journey. provided in 4-color, there'll be 40 to fifty colour images in addition 8 to 10 line drawings illustrating casting and knot-tying basics. the yank Angler advisor should be matched with Fly Tyer's consultant to crucial Trout Flies.
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