9780751527537

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro

McGinniss, Joe

ISBN 10: 075152753X / 0-7515-2753-X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
Through 1996 and 1997 bestselling author Joe McGinniss followed the Italian football season from Castel di Sangro, a small town nestled in the Abruzzi region of Italy. The motley crew that comprised the di Sangro soccer team in the early 90s masked an unparalleled prowess for playing soccer. This is the story of a team and a town with no aspirations, just a passion for the game, and how that passion allowed this team to rise to the top of the professional Italian soccer league. With the lust for life of Robert Crichton's THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA and the sporting dreams of modern movie classic FIELDS OF DREAMS, THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO is an ebullient story of how a two-hour game transformed a dot on the map into a place of magic, miracles and wonder.

Review:
We already knew Joe McGinniss could chill our blood ( Fatal Vision) and arouse both our pity and distaste for the Kennedys ( The Last Brother), but who knew he could be so funny? (Well, maybe readers who remember The Selling of the President back in 1968.) Even those who have no interest in soccer--the majority of Americans, he ruefully admits--will relish the author's vivid account of a team from Castel di Sangro, a tiny town in Italy's poorest region, that against all expectations made it to the national competition. Whether he's chronicling his ordeal at possibly the least-inviting hotel in Italy (the heat doesn't come on until October, no matter the temperature; he is assigned to a room up four flights of stairs though there are no other guests), or sketching a colorful cast of characters that includes the team's sinister owner and an utterly unflappable translator, McGinniss prompts roars of laughter as he reveals an Italy tourists never see. He also saddens readers with a shocking final scene in which he confronts the nation's casual corruption, which taints men he's come to respect and even love. Although not a conventional memoir, this stirring book reveals as much about the author's passionate character as about the nation and the players who win his heart, then break it. --Wendy Smith

Review

Review:
Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team--and delivers a brilliant and utterly unforgettable story of life in an off-the-beaten-track Italian village.

When Joe McGinniss sets out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro one summer, he merely intends to spend a season with the village's soccer team, which only weeks before had, miraculously, reached the second-highest-ranking professional league in the land. But soon he finds himself embroiled with an absurd yet irresistible cast of characters, including the team's owner, described by the New York Times as "straight out of a Mario Puzo novel," and coach Osvaldo Jaconi, whose only English word is the one he uses to describe himself: "bulldozer."  

As the riotous, edge-of-your-seat season unfolds, McGinniss develops a deepening bond with the team, their village and its people, and their country. Traveling with the miracle team, from the isolated mountain region where Castel di Sangro is located to gritty towns as well as grand cities, McGinniss introduces us to an Italy that no tourist guidebook has ever described, and comes away with a "sad, funny, desolating, and inspiring story--everything, in fact, a story should be" (Los Angeles Times).

From the Inside Flap

Editorial reviews may belong to another edition of this title.
 

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: Search Results

1.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: GreatBookPrices (Westminster, MD, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 5

Book Description: Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 1449592-n

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 12.63
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
2.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: The Book Depository US (Gloucester, ., United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 122 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Through 1996 and 1997 bestselling author Joe McGinniss followed the Italian football season from Castel di Sangro, a small town nestled in the Abruzzi region of Italy. The motley crew that comprised the di Sangro soccer team in the early 90s masked an unparalleled prowess for playing soccer. This is the story of a team and a town with no aspirations, just a passion for the game, and how that passion allowed this team to rise to the top of the professional Italian soccer league. With the lust for life of Robert Crichton s THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA and the sporting dreams of modern movie classic FIELDS OF DREAMS, THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO is an ebullient story of how a two-hour game transformed a dot on the map into a place of magic, miracles and wonder. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780751527537

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 15.63
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
3.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: Grand Eagle Retail (Romulus, MI, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 127mm x 197mm x 28mm. Paperback. Through 1996 and 1997 Joe McGinniss followed the Italian football season from Castel di Sangro, a small town in the Abruzzi region of Italy. This is the story of a team and a town with no .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 416 pages. 0.298. Bookseller Inventory # 9780751527537

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 17.12
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
4.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: The Book Depository (Slough, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 122 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Through 1996 and 1997 bestselling author Joe McGinniss followed the Italian football season from Castel di Sangro, a small town nestled in the Abruzzi region of Italy. The motley crew that comprised the di Sangro soccer team in the early 90s masked an unparalleled prowess for playing soccer. This is the story of a team and a town with no aspirations, just a passion for the game, and how that passion allowed this team to rise to the top of the professional Italian soccer league. With the lust for life of Robert Crichton s THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA and the sporting dreams of modern movie classic FIELDS OF DREAMS, THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO is an ebullient story of how a two-hour game transformed a dot on the map into a place of magic, miracles and wonder. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780751527537

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 18.33
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
5.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: Chiron Media (OXON, ., United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 4

Book Description: Sphere 2000-08-03, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-00620840

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 14.38
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.67
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
6.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: Green Books (Wicklow, Ireland)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 4

Book Description: Little, Brown Book Group, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New Book. Shipping: Once your order has been confirmed and payment received, your order will then be processed. The book will be located by our staff, packaged and despatched to you as quickly as possible. From time to time, items get mislaid en route. If your item fails to arrive, please contact us first. We will endeavour to trace the item for you and where necessary, replace or refund the item. Please do not leave negative feedback without contacting us first. All orders will be dispatched within two working days. If you have any quesions please contact us. Bookseller Inventory # V9780751527537

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 18.11
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 6.11
From Ireland to U.S.A.
7.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: ExtremelyReliable (Richmond, TX, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Sphere. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX075152753X

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 21.01
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
8.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: Revaluation Books (Exeter, DEV, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 4

Book Description: Little, Brown Book Group, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. new ed edition. 416 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __075152753X

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 18.47
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 9.38
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
9.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: Revaluation Books (Exeter, DEV, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Sphere, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. new ed edition. 416 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk075152753X

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 26.71
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 9.38
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
10.

McGinniss, Joe
ISBN 10: 075152753X
ISBN 13: 9780751527537
Bookseller: Media Mall (Fyshwick, ACT, Australia)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 2

Book Description: Little, Brown Book Group. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 12.6 x 19.7 cm. A modern football fairytale and an extraordinary story of an Italian village and its football team's rise to the top against seemingly impossible odds. Our orders are sent from our warehouse locally or directly from our international distributors to allow us to offer you the best possible price and delivery time. Book. Bookseller Inventory # MM-60205448

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 23.60
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 13.90
From Australia to U.S.A.
View All Listings for this Book