The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy by Joe McGinnissMaster 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 villages 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 teams 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).
The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy
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Thank you! This venture into the murky waters of Italian soccer begins as a radical departure for the best-selling journalist McGinnis The Last Brother, not reviewed, etc.
Author Info: Janet Malcolm -. It is so drenched in irony and double meanings that it ends up completely subverting the, admittedly rather naive, idea that journalism and journalists are capable of impartially conveying the truth, let alone that they are trustworthy, and implicitly raises serious questions about the exalted position we grant to the Press in our Constitutional scheme. Malcolm's ostensible topic is the libel suit that convicted murderer Jeffrey MacDonald filed against author Joe McGinniss, following the publication of the bestselling book Fatal Vision. MacDonald, a former Green Beret doctor, accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters nine years earlier, had given McGinniss, best known for his insider expose The Selling of the President : , unprecedented access to the workings of his defense team, and in exchange received a portion of the advance and profits on the book. McGinniss determined early on in the process that MacDonald, his de facto partner, was probably guilty, but continued to play along with his protestations of innocence in order to maintain access and cooperation. It thus seems to have come as a genuine surprise to MacDonald when the finished book portrayed him as a cold-blooded psychopath and so he sought damages from McGinniss for perpetrating a fraud. The ensuing trial featured testimony from Joseph Wambaugh and William F.