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6 Oct 2008
Even people who don't know football know Pele. The best of a generation of Brazilian players universally acknowledged as the most accomplished and attractive group of footballers ever to play the game, he won the World Cup three times and is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer. Created by the same packager that brought us THE DYLAN CHRONICLES, THE STAR WARS VAULT, AUREY HEPBURN TREASURES, the world's greatest footballer now gives us the story of his incredible life and career with illustrations and removable memorabilia. Told with his characteristic grace and modesty, PELE: MY LIFE IN PICTURES is an essential volume for all sports fans, and anyone who admires true rarity of spirit.


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Slp edition (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847372694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847372697
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

The man.
The legend.
The autobiography.

Even people who don't know football know Pelé. The best of a generation of Brazilians universally acknowledged as the most brilliant group of footballers ever to play the game, he won the World Cup three times and is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer.

But how did this man -- a sportsman, a mere footballer, like many others -- become a global icon? Was it just by being the best at what he did? Or do we respond to some other quality?

Born on 23 October 1940 to a poor family in Três Corações, Brazil, the boy who would become known as Pelé grew up playing football on the streets, taught by his father, who had been a decent player himself until an injury cut short his career. For extra cash Pelé worked as a shoe-shine boy, and when he joined Santos FC at the age of fifteen his mother had to make him a pair of long trousers -- until then he'd only ever worn shorts. His impact was immediate: his mentor, Waldemar de Brito, told the Santos directors the boy he'd discovered would be the greatest football player in the world, but despite their initial scepticism it soon looked like he might be right.

Pelé went on to set numerous records at both club and international level. Now, the world's greatest footballer gives us the full story of his incredible life and career. Told with his characteristic grace and modesty, but covering all aspects of his playing days and his subsequent careers as politician, international sporting ambassador and cultural icon, PELE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY is an essential volume for all sports fans, and anyone who admires true rarity of spirit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to the world as Pele, won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He scored nearly 1,300 goals in his professional career and is Brazil's record goalscorer with 97 goals. He lives in Brazil and the United States.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 26 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
I absolutely love this book! I am only 14, but i instantly have become addicted. I have always believed that he was the greatest player ever, and this confirms this. It is stunning to find out more about Peles upbringing and how and where he used to play football as a child.

I am in awe of this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOY PELE 25 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
As Pele is my idol and having read many books on the great man,I was thoroughly impressed by this book as it still managed to give me photographs of the Brazilian superstar I had never seen and gave anecdotes I had not read about him before.Excellent book and good value for money form Amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would Have Been The First £60m Player 31 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
I was given this book as a gift by a very good friend of mine. As so many of us have only seen rare footage of this living legend, it's a difficult task on how to gauge his ability with today's current superstars. However, from the scenes I have watched, and some of the comments within this book, I can only imagine he would top the list that would include Ronaldinho, Kaka, Messi and Henry. Better than Best or Maradona? I'm not sure, perhaps equal. I enjoy reading football biographies, and this was no exception. So many aspects of his life is covered, even his early cahoots with girls, to his poorly managed businesses that cost him huge amounts of money. He speaks fondly of his family, especially his father, Dondinho, and how he was the inspiration towards his path to football immortality. A magnificent read, and easy to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 6 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
This has been the best book ever written about 'The King'. It gives a clear account of his life and the hardships that he faced and overcame to become the worlds best ever player and also a good man. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the beautiful game or anyone who enjoys a good read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The greatest player I never saw 5 July 2006
Format:Paperback
For those who can remember seeing him play, and many who can't, Pele is to football what The Beatles were to music and Scorsese is to cinema.

To put him into context, he is the boy from Brazil who went on to shine in four World Cups, winning three of them, and scoring more than 1,200 career goals. In short, he is the greatest player of all-time.

Helped along by Alex Bellos (author of the excellent Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life), the book charts his progress to global recognition as the ultimate footballing icon - a player that epitomised the Samba ethos of the Brazilians with a grace and modesty seldom repeated.

As a tale, it faithfully recreates his journey and fills in the gaps before and after his playing days, but the real emotion is summed up by those fortunate, or in the case of Italian defender Tarcissio Burgnich, unfortunate enough to play alongside or against him.

"I told myself, he's flesh and blood, just like me." says Burgnich, "I was wrong."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great read 8 Sep 2013
By Galning
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a female footie fan but never saw Pele play. Still, I've read a few footballer autobiographies and thought I'd give this one a go....and boy was it hard going. The writing style is very dull and there's an awful lot of match descriptions. I know it's unavoidable but that kind of thing has never interested me as much as watching a live match.

So, after reading the first 90 or so pages, I ended up reading every other page and very much speed reading and just picking out things that caught my eye.

I've still not seen Pele play but I now know that he's got an eye for the ladies and is absolutely rubbish with money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The story of an iconic Footballing Figure 31 Oct 2012
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It is no wonder that Brazilian football which has represented the best of the "Beautiful Game" has also produced the sports most iconic figure in Pele. He is known as probably the greatest football player that has lived and an ambassador for the sport the World over.

This is his story told in his own words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive sports autobiography 9 Jun 2006
By Dave
Format:Paperback
This long awaited autobiography truly gets to the heart of the man himself - an interesting story whether you're a footy fan or not. It's real page-turning stuff this, you feel like you're on a journey with Pele as he takes you from his humble beginnings through to his current status as global Icon. The stuff on the 1970 world cup finals is particularly good and it's packed with some stunning colour photography and has a useful appendix outlining his career and goal-scoring record - it proves the boy Rooney has a way to go yet!!! If you like football - get it, if you don't like football - get it, you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for football fans of all ages
Pele: The Autobiography covers Pele's life and career from his humble beginnings as a young boy playing for his cash-strapped local football team, through to him becoming the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charles Fudgemuffin
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Such a good read. Took it on holiday with me and was glued to it the whole time i was there, although i finish it with 4 days left. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kieran
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting autobiography by the greatest footballer ever
People claim Maradona was the greatest footballer ever, but they are clearly delusional and don't know what they are talking about. Read more
Published 22 months ago by wayre13
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
This was bought as a present for my son and he appeared to like it although has not read it yet.
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Roger
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Footballer -Average autobiography
I was to young to remember Pele in his prime but i have seen the footage and he is arguably the best footballer ever. Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by King Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece To Last Forever
Described as "The most comprehensive book on football there has ever been" by no less than The Daily Telegraph and in the words of Sports Illustrated "practically every word... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2007 by Karen Last
5.0 out of 5 stars What a life
Before i read this book i have seen clips, heard stories and wondered was pele really all that good. After reading this book it is easy to see what everyone goes on about. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2006 by Wilbert Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars A brief history of a great footballer
Although Pele is regarded by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, he was at his peak before TV coverage became what it is today. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2006 by Bantam Dave
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