The best news is that Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer has been chosen one of the top non-fiction books of May by Amazon:
The publication date is May 13. The e-book version will also be released that day.
There will be an excerpt in a major publication very soon.
I will be making appearances at book stores in the East, starting May 29, in Huntington, Long Island, at the terrific Book Revue. Please consult this list, to be updated regularly:
The reception has been lovely, particularly from soccer lifers.
“George Vecsey gets it,” one review began:
I will also be visiting ESPN soon to talk about my book. No schedule yet. I sat in on a conference by ESPN in New York the other day and was enthused to hear about the documentaries and game coverage in the works. It was great to catch up with John Skipper, Bob Ley, Julie Foudy, Alexi Lalas. Taylor Twellman and Jeremy Schaap and pick up on the planning and enthusiasm of this soccer-friendly network.
Finally, I plan to write occasionally for my own site in between appearances. Your input about the World Cup will be more than welcome. Who will make the final cut for the U.S. squad? Who will win the World Cup? Plenty of time to talk about that.
5/5/2014 05:34:10 am
When marathon training I made contact with the storied Hal Higdon through his blog. On his subsequent trip to the Middle East I hosted Hal in Israel where he participated in a Q & A with a local running club. An autographed copy of his book adorns my office shelf. Care for an international tour?
5/5/2014 06:34:21 am
Dear Mendel: It sounds great, thank you. My international tour right now consists of Philadelphia and Harrisburg and Boston -- and NYC and Long Island. But, as the saying goes, next year in....
Jeff from Jersey; yes New Jersey
5/5/2014 10:28:25 am
Recently, the IOC said that they were not satisfied with the progress Brazil is making towards the games of 2016. Can the same be true with the World Cup reps in terms of stadium prep and security?
5/5/2014 11:23:58 am
Glad you asked. It illustrated the subtitle of my book: The Dark Side.
mike from whitestone
5/5/2014 04:16:23 pm
GV, best of luck with the book and tour! Between you, the expanded coverage and students from the Bronx......I am slowly becoming a student of this exciting game!! I hope the international tour heads over your favorite bridge through Fort Lee (if traffic allows) and in Bergen Cty, a recovering friend will be there.
5/6/2014 12:43:04 am
Mike, listen to those students from the Bronx.
5/5/2014 07:12:09 pm
So pleased to hear the good pre-publication news. You've got a success coming, George, and a well-deserved one too.
5/6/2014 12:48:59 am
Sam, tried to order an e-book for you but Amazon was not accepting them. Thanks so much.
5/6/2014 06:05:10 pm
George--you should toot your horn loud and long. Eight World Cups gives insight that goes well beyound watching the games. I've been following soccer since 1948 and there is new insight with almost every page. Whether new to soccer or an old hand, the reader will experience soccer's universal appeal.
5/7/2014 01:42:58 am
Alan, thanks. Sam is being modest. He observes footy up close from his perch in France...and wrote about the other football when following the Steelers around....and played hoops for Hofstra -- when it was only on the south side of that main road, Hempstead Tpke.
5/7/2014 03:03:40 am
Still an unanswered question--please tell me why, at some length if necessary, why the soccer coach--or manager--is so important.
5/7/2014 07:20:53 am
Sam, my impression is that coach/manager has hand in personnel, and of course makes out the lineup and the formation. Lots of hocus-pocus about where players play. For example, Liverpool being blasted because they persist in using a center back combo that coughs up goals, all season.
5/23/2014 01:42:48 am
11/13/2015 07:43:22 am
As for the winning goal, he did not send in a cross from the left corner to the head of Burruchaga. He threaded a one-touch pass from the center circle to the streaking Burruchaga.
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---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
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