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The Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona
The Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona
by Jimmy Burns
Edition: Paperback

8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Untouched by the hand of God, 1 Aug 2004
I thought this was a very superficial, badly-written and dull book. First of all, the author has not been able to interview his subject so we rarely get Maradona's own view on the many interesting episodes in his life. Secondly, the book seems like a collection of magazine articles and tabloid tales which have been poorly put together. There is very little on the actual football. Maradona's place in the Barcelona, Napoli and Argentina teams he played in is hardly mentioned. Nor are his team-mates. For example, there is almost nothing about Careca, Alemao, De Napoli, Galli, Ferrara: all great players who were his team-mates at Napoli. What did they think of Maradona as a footballer and as a man? What did someone like Schuster who played with him in Barcelona think? What about Passarella with whom he had a terrible relationship? We have no idea. Similarly, the author only touches on how managers such as Menotti, Biliardo and Bianchi tried to handle Maradona's on and off pitch personas. The one positive aspect of the book is that it does analyse to some degree Maradona's position as an important figure in Argentinian political life during some very turbulent years, but even this is not explored as fully as it might have been. Overall, I was very disappointed with this book. It focuses solely on the more salacious aspects of Maradona's life such as drugs and women, and even in those cases, fails to assess how these events really impacted on him as a man and as a footballer. Although a clearly subjective account, I found Maradona's autobiography far more interesting before this cobbled together volume.


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