Pitching Around Fidel: A Journey Into the Heart of Cuban Sports

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"Fascinating."--"Chicago Tribune" "Unprecedented. . . . Astonishing."--"Miami Herald" "A rarity: a balanced, compassionate, intimate journal of Cuba's slow, agonizing decay."--"Sports Illustrated" "Price describes a lovely, proud, impoverished people caught in [a] repressive system that destroys thousands as it celebrates a handful."--"Kirkus " "Takes the wider view, poking its nose into the politics and culture of Cuba every few pages. Price has an easy, lyrical style that elevates his work beyond the usual sports fare."--"Business Week" "Fascinating, sometimes hilarious, often heart-wrenching."--"Philadelphia Inquirer" "Easily the most engaging book on Cuban sports--if not Cuba--published in many years."--"Baseball America" "Offers a rare and provocative tour of the world's most remarkable sports culture. It's an unforgettable story of supremely gifted athletes, the utter madness of politics, and the scent of big money across the sea."--Carl Hiaasen "Price is one of the finest writers on sports anywhere."--"USA Today"

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Fascinating.--Chicago Tribune Unprecedented. . . . Astonishing.--Miami Herald Fascinating, sometimes hilarious, often heart-wrenching.--Philadelphia Inquirer Price describes a lovely, proud, impoverished people caught in a] repressive system that destroys thousands as it celebrates a handful.--Kirkus Takes the wider view, poking its nose into the politics and culture of Cuba every few pages. Price has an easy, lyrical style that elevates his work beyond the usual sports fare.--Business Week A rarity: a balanced, compassionate, intimate journal of Cuba's slow, agonizing decay.--Sports Illustrated Easily the most engaging book on Cuban sports--if not Cuba--published in many years.--Baseball America Offers a rare and provocative tour of the world's most remarkable sports culture. It's an unforgettable story of supremely gifted athletes, the utter madness of politics, and the scent of big money across the sea.--Carl Hiaasen A timeless book less about sports and more about hot desire.--Edie Meidav, author of Dogs of Cuba A marvelous portrait.--Weekly Standard Highly recommended.--Library Journal Price is one of the finest writers on sports anywhere.--USA Today

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S. L. Price, a senior writer at "Sports Illustrated "since 1994, has been called a "Master of the New Journalism" by the "New York Times. "An award-winning former columnist and feature writer at the" Miami Herald "and the" Sacramento Bee, " he""is also the author of "Far Afield, "which "Esquire "named one of the five best books of 2007, and "Heart of the Game, "which was named the #1 baseball book of 2009 by "Baseball America."

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Book Description Ecco, 2000. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In an artful pastiche of observation, personal narrative, interviews, and investigative reporting, S.L. Price, a Senior Writer for "Sports Illustrated, describes sports and athletes in today's Cuba. On his many journeys to the island, Price finds a country that celebrates sports like no other and a leader who uses athletics as both symbol and weapon in his country's dying revolution. With Castro's regime staggering beneath the weight of a great depression and international sanctions, Cuba's famed sports machine is imploding. Athletes are defecting by plane and raft. Superstars bike to games and train with shoddy equipment in bare gyms; and champion boxers, baseball players, and gymnasts are forced to scrounge for spare change on the streets. In 1959, when Castro rose to power, he declared a new era in Cuban baseball. Within four years all professional Cuban sports had been outlawed, and Castro condemned as traitors those athletes who defected to the United States in search of product endorsements and six-figure salaries. In interviews with Teofilo Stevenson, Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, and Ana Quirot, S.L. Price unearths the truth about sports in Cuba and explores the complex reasons that drive athletes of promise to flee their homeland. Beyond an examination of sports in the hothouse of revolution, "Pitching Around Fidel presents a vibrant and realistic portrait of Cuba today, complete with sex-happy toursits, blackouts, Fidel's famous. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060196602

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