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After moving to Argentina on a whim, Brian Winter, a young American reporter, embarks on a crusade to learn that devilishly difficult dance that demands both discipline and passion: the tango. While he dances the night away in the milongas with the fiery denizens of Buenos Aires, the country around them collapses, gripped by inflation, street riots, and revolution. In a book that is part travelogue and part history, the author evokes his immersion in a dark underworld. He visits old dance salons, brothels, and shacks on the dusty Pampa, searching for the tango's shady origins in the hope that understanding may help him dance better. Along the way, he discovers that the tango, with its tales of jealousy, melodrama, and lost glory, may hold the secret to the country that is inexplicably disintegrating before his eyes.
In 1999, twenty-two-year-old Brian Winter packed his bags and headed for Buenos Aires. He learned the language, got to know the people and suffered with them as the peso bottomed out. And he became infected by an Argentine obsession -- the tango. Since its birth in the city's streets and brothels in the 1880's, tango has remained the heartbeat of Argentine life, a barometer of its rising and falling fortunes. Flourishing in the grand milongas -- dance halls -- of Buenos Aires' early-twentieth-century belle epoque, its supremacy was later challenged by the emergence of rock 'n' roll. But tango survived to enjoy a renaissance in Argentina and across the world. Long After Midnight at the Nino Bien explores Argentina through its obsession with the dance, telling of Winter's adventures in the sexy, over-caffeinated late-night world of Buenos Aires' tango halls. We meet local characters like El Tigre, a merchant marine turned tango professor and B-movie star, who has danced everywhere from Algeria to Japan; El Tano, a spectacularly foul-mouthed insurance salesman who scraped by for thirty years in Milwaukee giving tango lessons; and Hugo, a wiry mechanic who sometimes goes a whole week without sleep but manages (thanks to ten espressos a night) to cultivate a baker's dozen of stunning groupies. The tango at its heart is escapism, pure and simple u 'the vertical expression of a horizontal desire', and perhaps this explains why the milongas are so often packed to capacity at 4am on a Monday night. Part travel narrative, part memoir and part cultural history of a remarkable and troubled country and the dance that epitomizes it, Long After Midnight at the Nino Bien provides a unique insight into the Argentinian soul.
Fútbol. Balompié. El juego bonito. El deporte más popular del mundo tiene muchos nombres pero, por muchas décadas, los aficionados han estado de acuerdo en una cosa: el mayor jugador de todos los tiempos fue Pelé.<P><P> Ahora, la estrella legendaria, embajador y personaje humanitario comparte su visión total de lo que el fútbol puede lograr. Ahora, Pelé comparte por primera vez su historia, su experiencia y sus ideas sobre este juego. <P> Antes de Messi, antes de Ronaldo, antes de Beckham estaba Edson Arantes do Nascimento --conocido simplemente como Pelé--. Un tesoro nacional, sus logros en la cancha fueron magia pura: tres campeonatos mundiales --algo sin precedentes-- y el récord de goleo de todos los tiempos: 1,282 goles en una carrera de veinte años. <P> Ahora, cuando después de sesenta años la Copa Mundial regresa a Brasil --país al que con frecuencia se le reconoce haber perfeccionando este deporte--, el fútbol tiene una oportunidad única para lograr un cambio mundial. Y como embajador oficial del torneo, Pelé está listo para ser el rostro del progreso. <P> Por primera vez, Pelé explora la historia reciente de este juego y ofrece nuevas ideas acerca del papel del fútbol como conector y animador de jugadores alrededor del mundo. Pelé ha viajado por todo el planeta en su papel de embajador mundial del fútbol y de apoyo a organizaciones de beneficencia como la UNICEF, promoviendo la influencia positiva del fútbol en la producción de cambios en los jóvenes, las comunidades y hasta en países enteros. Con detalles extraordinarios y una franqueza sin precedentes, Pelé comparte sus experiencias más inspiradoras, sus historias más conmovedoras y sus lecciones más difíciles, y pone en perspectiva el juego del fútbol. <P> Ese es el legado de Pelé: su manera de transmitir todo lo que ha aprendido y de inspirar a una nueva generación. En Porque el fútbol importa, Pelé detalla sus metas para el futuro del fútbol y, por extensión, del mundo.
Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The world's most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé.<P><P> Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time.<P> Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento--known simply as Pelé. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,283 goals in his twenty year career.<P> Now, with the World Cup returning after more than sixty years to Brazil--the country often credited with perfecting the sport--soccer has a unique opportunity to encourage change on a global level. And as the tournament's official ambassador, Pelé is ready to be the face of progress. <P> For the first time ever Pelé explores the recent history of the game and provides new insights into soccer's role connecting and galvanizing players around the world. He has traveled the world as the global ambassador for soccer and in support of charitable organizations such as Unicef, promoting the positive influences soccer can have to transform young men and women, struggling communities, even entire nations. In groundbreaking detail and with unparalleled openness, he shares his most inspiring experiences, heartwarming stories and hard-won wisdom, and he puts the game in perspective. <P> This is Pelé's legacy, his way of passing on everything he's learned and inspiring a new generation. In Why Soccer Matters, Pelé details his ambitious goals for the future of the sport and, by extension, the world. Commemorative poster inside the jacket
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