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El Principe de los Mendigos / Prince of the Destitute (Spanish) Paperback – Nov 1998

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
El Principe de los Mendigos 22 May 2000
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El Principe de los Mendios (Prince of Paupers)is really like two stories. Imagine "Fisher King" meets "Broadcast News". This is the true-life memoris of Guillermo Descalzi. This story appeals to those that wish to know the behind the scenes story of world events. This story appeals to those that wish to know more about drug addiction, alcoholism and the plight of the homeless. This story appeals to those that wish to know how better to survive ones own demonds. This story appeals to those that wish help in finding happiness within themselves. Descalzi is the gracious host of Telemundo's Spanish TV newsmagazine show "Ocurrio Asi". His autobiographical story is one of trials, tributes, tribulations and ulitmat redemption. For many years he was a top rated TV journalist traveling the world and interviewing presidents, dictators, terrorists and victims of disaster. His fall from grace due to drugs, alcoholism, and depression eventually landed him on the tough streets of Washington DC, as a panhandler for almost two year. Like the Prodigal Son, he has triumphantly returned to us at last. We are most greatful for knowing him better through his book. I cant wait for it to be published in English, so that I may share it with my American friends.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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El Príncipe de los Mendigos, es un testimonio personal, emotivo, llevado con tal maestría al papel, que sólo un gran periodista lo puede lograr. La novela nos deja muchas enseñanzas, tantas que, es imposible ennumerarlas. Confieso que compré el libro por curiosidad, y me llevé una sorpresa. Guillermo, es un ejemplo en mil sentidos, tanto positivos como negativos, y sobre todo ha tenido la valentía de compartir sus experiencias con nosotros. De revelar sus errores, sus vicios, sus caídas. Eso tiene mucho valor y solo se puede admirar y agradecer. Estoy segura que después de la lectura del libro, de alguna manera u otra, todos nos encontraremos reflejados en sus hojas. Es muy impresionante su historia ,hay que leerla, es la única forma de vivirla un poquito. FELICITACIONES GUILLERMO! Y a seguir adelante!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
El Principe de los Mendigos 2 April 2000
By owen r. greenland - Published on
Since meeting Guillermo in 1987, I've been his hairdresser, spent time with him in coffee shops and low key bars -- known for their ambiance. Not a single meeting took place without discussions of mind-blowing intensity. It was as if, so consumed were we in our quest, that we would self-destruct -- in our effort to remain true, committed to the fight and free of hypocrasy.
He covered the Gulf War and broke protocol by crossing over into "no-man's land" where he encountered thousands upon thousands of Iraqi's - mostly women and children fleeing the bombing. The effect of this left him totally shattered; unable to function - not only as an objective journalist; but a man in control of his emotions. He ended up as a drunkard, marijuana and cocaine addict -- living in squalour on the streets of Adams Morgan/Mount Pleasant, Washington, DC.
Even for that lifestyle; he still had it in him - the wherewithal to take care of some of his less capable comrades; even to the point of raising money to give one of them a decent burial; thus his arriving late for his scheduled interview with 60 Minutes.
He has since -- with the undying support of Enrique Gratas and others, turned his life around and is back in broadcast television conducting his own show Occurro Asi on Telemundo. This week, March 30, 2000 (last night) Guillermo retured to Washington, DC to promote his memoirs - El Principe de los Mendigos -- The Prince of the Beggars/street-people. I have never seen so many people attend a book reading at any bookstore before. Apparently 250 books were ordered and well over three hundred were called for . . . So many people felt cheated -- but not by Guillermo's captivating story-telling elloquence . . .
(When I asked him at the bookreading if he had mentioned that meeting with 60 Minutes in his book, he sadly reflected that he had not -- for it was uinlike any interview they had ever attempted to conduct before. He showed them up for the ratings hungry hypocrtical wolves they made themselves out to be; ultimately refusing them the interview . . .)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Up and downs of Descalzi 23 Oct. 2001
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I bought this book out of curiosity after hearing and learning that Guillermo Descalzi was living as a homeless person in Washington DC, but unfortunately this book is more about Guillermo's carreer as a TV Journalist, the world events he covered while working for SIN and Telemundo and his personal view about where God should be in our life. I did not particular enjoy the last section of the book where he goes into an extensive explanation of the relationship between God and Man and the way how he feels a person should live in relation to God.
I was hoping to get more of an insight of his experiences while he was living as a drug addict and homeless person and how he was able to overcome his addiction.
This book is Okay if you are interested in learning the world events and the person Descalsi interviewed and his personal opinion about religion.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Heroismo,digno de nuestra gente pujante . 16 Mar. 2000
By Diego - Published on
Felicitaciones a este gran maestro de nuestros hijos y personas;que nos ayudan a ser mejores seres humanos aprendiendo de nuestras debilidades, convirtiendonos en fuertes luchadores con expiritu de triumfo.
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