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Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend by [Downie, Andrew]
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'Downie has done a grand job of juggling all the different facets of the captain of the greatest Brazil team never to win the World Cup' (Aidan Smith The Scotsman)

'Brilliantly written and researched. Amazing life.' (Alex Bellos Author of Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life)

'Socrates was one of Brazil’s footballing icons...His posthumous fortune is having a biographer whose knowledge and understanding born of many years living in Brazil enables him to bring the reader "the full Socrates" in the colourful context both on and off the pitch...A valuable addition to the football bookshelf.' (Keir Rednedge KeirRadnedge.com)

'I love this book. It’s a book about famous sporting figures that actually it turns out we don’t know that much about…It’s a great book, one of the best I’ve read this year so far. I fully recommend you pick that one up.' (Matt Williams Sports Book Podcast)

'Such a phenomenon [as Sócrates] deserves the rounded, accomplished biography he has been accorded by Reuters writer Andrew Downie, who draws on a knowledge not merely of Brazil's football but of its wider politics and society based on 17 years of living there. Downie celebrates the brilliance and the achievements.' (When Saturday Comes)

'An excellent piece of work. Fascinating study of a complicated man.' (Tom English BBC Scotland)

'Compelling from start to finish - a vivid portrait of one of the greatest players of all time, and of the thrilling, fascinating country he represented.  Highly intelligent, politically engaged, Socrates had an impact reaching far beyond the field of play. Downie does full justice to an extraordinary life, rich in joy, in sadness, and in inspiration.' (Pete Davies Author of All Played Out)

The confounding contradictions of Sócrates’ genius, and his apparent unwillingness to place football at any special pedestal, that forms the basis for Andrew Downie’s excellent new book, Doctor Sócrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend... Sócrates not only shaped the idea of what sport can mean to its fans...but he also showed the world that there was a place for dissent even in sport. (Suhrith Parthasarathy The Hindu)

The fascinating story of a true legend. Downie...pieces together the gripping, remarkable and inimitable story of a man who was as prodigiously gifted as he was staggeringly self-centred. (Hindustan Times)

'[Fans] now get the opportunity to read an honest biography of the Brazilian in Andrew Downie’s magnificent work...This must-read sport book of our times....First-class journalism...untainted by hagiography.' (Times of India)

'Andrew Downie...manages to tread a narrow path in describing Socrates, with skilful writing, warmth in reporting and a clear eye. This biography should be compulsory reading for sports fans, but will also hold non-fans in thrall.' (India Today)

About the Author

Andrew Downie is the Brazilian football correspondent for Reuters, and has lived in the country for 15 years. He has written on football for GQ, the Economist, the New York Times and the Guardian among others. He lives in Sao Paulo.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 40301 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (9 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GDD1JM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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