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From the moment Pope Francis stepped on to the balcony of St Peter's, people around the globe sensed that not only the Catholic Church, but the world at large, could be entering a new spiritual, political and social age. The pomp and circumstance that had characterised the Vatican for as long as most people could remember evaporated as Francis asked the throng gathered in the square to "pray over" him before he gave his first blessing. Not since John XXIII, had a new Pope opened the windows of the Church so widely to let in some much needed fresh air.This biography of Pope Francis charts Jorge Mario Bergoglio's formation as a priest and bishop against the dramatic backdrop of Argentina's turbulent politics and the challenging principles he adopted as a member of the Jesuit order. It examines critically the extent to which his social conscience was influenced by the legacy of the country's controversial president General Peron and his wife Evita, and questions his moral standing during the Argentina military junta's 'Dirty War' when he was accused of not having done enough on behalf of the victims, including fellow Jesuit priests. Few Vatican elections have generated as much interest as that of Cardinal Jose Bergoglio. Francis, Pope of Good Promise, the first detailed biography to include an analysis of Pope Francis's first year at the Vatican, will appear just as he makes his first visit to the US.
"La Roja" takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games and other activities that have defined Spanish soccer, from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and a national team that, encompassing all that was most brilliant in the Spanish League, became the worldOCOs champion. "
La Rojatakes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games and other activities that have defined Spanish soccer, from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and a national team that, encompassing all that was most brilliant in the Spanish League, became the world's champion.
La Roja is bestselling author Jimmy Burns tremendous opus on Spanish soccer. From its early beginnings when the first soccer on the shores of Bilbao and Buenos Aires was played by British sailors and engineers, through to the influx of South American stars, and similarly inspirational Italians, Dutchman and Scandinavians, Burns show how the engagement of foreigners with home-grown Spanish talent overcame political adversity and produced football of sublime skill and passion that intoxicates fans around the world.The book takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, classic matches, and brutal controversies that have defined Spanish football from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent kicking a ball on a piece of industrial waste ground, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid- the most powerful and successful football clubs in the world- to the Franco regime (that propped up the Madrid team) and democracy (where Barca has ruled), to and a national team that, encompassing all, became the world's champion.
En los años 30, Tom Burns era un joven editor católico que despuntaba en los círculos literarios de Londres, rodeado de amigos y autores como G. K. Chesterton, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, el artista Eric Gill y el poeta David Jones. En ese brillante ambiente de la alta sociedad, se había enamorado de la hermosa Ann Bowes-Lyon, prima de la Reina.Cuando estalla la Segunda Guerra Mundial, Burns entra en el Ministerio de Información, que era de hecho el ala propagandística de los servicios secretos. Madrid, nido de espías de ambos bandos y punto clave en la guerra de propaganda, es su destino como encargado de prensa del formidable y muy protestante Embajador Sir Samuel Hoare. Burns se entregó en cuerpo y alma a su tarea frente a los nazis, que en ese momento tenían un acceso casi absoluto a los medios españoles: hacer todo lo posible para que Franco se mantuviera neutral y así proteger Gibraltar y el acceso al Mediterráneo occidental.La estrategia era sencilla, pero las tácticas mucho más complicadas, sobre todo cuando Burns se dio cuenta de que tenía enemigos en su propio bando, empezando por Anthony Blunt y Kim Philby, jefe de la sección ibérica del MI6. En 1941 echaba de menos la lucha real, Ann se había prometido con otro hombre y pasaba tanto tiempo guardándose las espaldas como combatiendo a los Nazis. Este fascinante libro escrito por su hijo cuenta cómo venció estas dificultades, participó en la operación Mincemeat para facilitar el desembarco en Sicilia, preparó el viaje propagandístico a España y Portugal en que perdió la vida Leslie Howard y encontró el amor de su vida mientras servía fielmente a su país.
Jimmy Burns indaga en los orígenes del éxito internacional del fútbol español. A través de entrevistas a grandes actores y protagonistas de la historia del fútbol en España como Vicente del Bosque o Johan Cruyff, explica las claves que han llevado a La Roja a convertirse en un referente mundial de los valores fundamentales del deporte.
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