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White Angels

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A look at soccer superstar David Beckham, the Real Madrid team he joined in 2003, and at how this combination has forever changed the face of the world's most popular sport.
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published September 20th 2004)
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This book is a bit of a memoir chronicling David Beckham's move to Real Madrid. The writer clearly has a lot of love for the team, but it doesn't get in the way of giving an honest account of their season (if they played poorly he doesn't mince words about it). Given the huge personalities he encounters, like Figo, Zidane, Brazilian Ronaldo and Beckham, not to mention club president Florentino Perez, Carlin does a good job not being bowled over by these men he clearly admires. That said, the edi ...more
Lots of gems here. A ridiculous book.

"There were lots of things to be depressed about in the modern world, but amidst all the horrors and fears... Real Madrid was doing its bit to goad evolution along."

David Beckham smiles at a fan and according to the author she "collapsed to her knees and wailed and screamed and writhed... she was distraught beyond any possibility of consolation. Never, on stage or in real life, had grief more abject been portrayed."

"In three critical games of the season they
Great look at the Real Madrid philosophy in the early 2000's of buying the best talent and putting it on the field. This book focuses on the purchase of Beckham and the season after that purchase. Great read.
This was not journalism. It was public relations.
Kevin Butler
Carlin is clearly an enormous fan of Real Madrid and he loses all perspective, describing his team in deity like terms. It would be fine, but he tries to come across as an outside observer.

No, the world does not resolve around Real Madrid. The majority of the world goes about their daily lives with little thought what Real Madrid did last weekend.

Carlin describes it as though 8 billion people the world over live and die with Real results.

It's a shame because Carlin is clearly a talented writer
Carlin's writing is surprisingly beautiful & lyrical. He thoroughly analyzes the failure of the once great hopeful Real Madrid soccer team with its susperstar ‘Galacticos’ at the time of Beckham's early years as well as what makes him so popular worldwide.
Interesting book when it was published, but now mostly irrelevant. Beckham has moved on and Real Madrid is a very different team, although anyone who has an interest in the phenomenon of celebrity in sports might want to give this a look.
Read it because of Real Madrid. The author is unfortunately little objective, therefore the book doesn't covert a "true" account.
Tremendously well written and entertaining.
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