This Love Is Not for Cowards

This Love Is Not for Cowards

Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez

Book - 2012
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More than ten people are murdered every day in Ciudad Ju#65533;rez, a city about the size of Philadelphia. As Mexico has descended into a feudal narco-state-one where cartels, death squads, the army, and local police all fight over billions of dollars in profits from drug and human trafficking-the border city of Ju#65533;rez has been hit hardest of all. And yet, more than a million people still live there. They even love their impoverished city, proudly repeating its mantra: "Amor por Ju#65533;rez."Nothing exemplifies the spirit and hope of Juarenses more than the Indios, the city's beloved but hard-luck soccer team. Sport may seem a meager distraction, but to many it's a lifeline. It drew charismatic American midfielder Marco Vidal back from Dallas to achieve the athletic dreams of his Mexican father. Team owner Francisco Ibarra and Mayor Jos#65533; Reyes Ferriz both thrive on soccer. So does the dubiously named crew of Indios fans, El Kartel. In this honest, unflinching, and powerful book, Robert Andrew Powell chronicles a season of soccer in this treacherous city just across the Rio Grande, and the moments of pain, longing, and redemption along the way. As he travels across Mexico with the team, Powell reflects on this struggling nation and its watchful neighbor to the north. This story is not just about sports, or even community, but the strength of humanity in a place where chaos reigns.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9781608197163
1608197166
Characteristics: 261 p.

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Rock_Shadow
May 13, 2015

Still reading, so this is not my final review yet. The book is an excellent piece of journalism and a terrific memoir. The choice of soccer as an angle for looking at Juarez works well, but there is so much more that you don't even have to be a sports fan to be fascinated by the book.

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rswenson
Sep 04, 2012

This is an incredible (true) story of a man who choses to live in the most dangerous city in the world. While he is there he follows the soccer team. This book reminds me of Hemmingway's book "For whom the bell tolls" in that the author chose this life and lives to tell about it. The writing is superb and I highly recommend it.

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