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This Love Is Not for Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez

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ISBN13: 9781608197187
ISBN10: 1608197182
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More than ten people are murdered every day in Ciudad Juárez, 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 Juárez 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 Juárez."

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 José 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.

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"Captures surreal feelings of beauty and desolation, exuberance and danger...An eye-opening and unforgettable account of a part of the world that, for all its notoriety, is effectively invisible.--Booklist (starred)

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"Captures surreal feelings of beauty and desolation, exuberance and danger...An eye-opening and unforgettable account of a part of the world that, for all its notoriety, is effectively invisible.--Booklist (starred)

About the Author

Robert Andrew Powell is the author of "We Own This Game" (Grove/Atlantic, 2003), a story of race, politics and football in Miami. The book was excerpted in Sports Illustrated; the magazine later named it one of the Best Books of 2003. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Play, Slate, Mother Jones, Inc., 5280, Sports Illustrated, Runner's World, the Kansas City Star, on public radio's "This American Life with Ira Glass," and in the "Best American Sports Writing" anthology. He also produced a documentary film, "Year of the Bull," which first aired on Showtime. He has won a James Beard Award for his food writing and twice been a finalist for the Livingston Award. He lives in Miami.

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Kurt Kemmerer, July 2, 2014 (view all comments by Kurt Kemmerer)
All in all, "This Love Is Nor For Cowards" is a worthy read if you're curious about what life is like for those trying to outlast the narco wars of Mexico. Interestingly, the writing improves a great deal over the last 2/3 of the book. I suspect that the author "overthought" while writing the early sections, as they come across as stilted.

Still, even though some of those passages seemed awkward and stunted, the author proves empathetic to everyone he meets. That does not mean that he stays away from showing the warts of the individuals he befriends over time. He's no kinder to himself, generally, and he does his job well.

Yes, the horrors are real, and Powell does not shy away from them. He does not utilize them for shock either. Still, the book focuses on what it means to survive those horrors, to continue to live and move forward each day, despite the uncertainty of survival. Yeah, that sounds dramatic, but, as anyone who knows the story of northern Mexico knows, the drama is real.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781608197187
Author:
Powell, Robert Andrew
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Soccer
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
TRAVEL / Mexico
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Captures surreal feelings of beauty and desolation, exuberance and danger...An eye-opening and unforgettable account of a part of the world that, for all its notoriety, is effectively invisible.--Booklist (starred)
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"Captures surreal feelings of beauty and desolation, exuberance and danger...An eye-opening and unforgettable account of a part of the world that, for all its notoriety, is effectively invisible.--Booklist (starred)
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