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    DescriptionSince the 1950s, when Pele first started playing, soccer has been how the world sees Brazil, but it is also how Brazilians see themselves. The essence of their game is one in which prodigious individual skills outshine team tactics, where dribbles and delicate flicks are preferred over physical challenges or long-distance passes, where technique has all the elements of dance and, indeed, is often described as such. At their best, Brazilian soccer players are both athletes and artists. As Alex Bellos brilliantly reveals in his classic book, their game can symbolize racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation, and skill--in short, it's a microcosm of the country itself.Bellos, a veteran journalist and author whose star has continued to rise since "Futebol" was first published in 2002, revisits his search for what the great Brazilian striker Ronaldo has called the ""true" truth" of the Brazilian way of life. With an unerring eye for an illustrative story and a pitch-perfect ear for the voices of the people he meets, Bellos uncovers the nuanced role soccer has played in the history of Brazil and the lives of its people.Updated and with a new chapter covering recent events in Brazil, this revised edition of "Futebol" is perfectly timed to coincide with the 2014 World Cup, as the world turns its rapt attention to Brazil and their Beautiful Game and the country once again becomes the capital of "the world's game."

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    The Brazilian Way of Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alex Bellos
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 433
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 445 g
    ISBN 13: 9781620402443
    ISBN 10: 1620402440

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WSJA, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    B&T Approval Code: A09302045
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLS
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JHBS
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    BISAC V2.8: SPO040000, HIS033000, SPO066000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 96
    DC21: 796.3340981
    DC22: 796.3340981
    LC classification: GV944.B7 B45 2014
    Edition statement
    Updated, Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps, colour plates
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    06 May 2014
    Author Information
    Alex Bellos has a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Oxford University. He has worked for the "Guardian" in London and Rio de Janeiro. In 2002, he wrote the critically acclaimed original edition of "Futebol" and in 2006 ghostwrote Pele's autobiography, which was a number one bestseller. He lives in London.
    Review quote
    "Compelling . . . Alternately funny and dark . . . Bellos offers a cast of characters as colorful as a Carnival parade." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"It's a bonus that Bellos' aim is not just to amuse, but to find meaning and context behind the spectacle . . . Bellos weaves a tapestry of contemporary Brazil from football threads as divergent as the great Pele and the glamorous Roza FC, perhaps the world's only all-transvestite team . . . rich and colorful." --"New York""Newsday""Required reading." --"Soccer America""Alex Bellos trace's [soccer's] evolution in Brazil, and emerges with a fascinating portrait of Brazil itself, a land of deep contradictions and an even deeper love for the game that bridges those contradictions...With a seasoned reporter's knack for dredging up curios, he unveils one variation on the game after another." --"San Antonio Express News"