If you are serious about your fandom, Sid Lowe’s Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid is a nonnegotiable must have. Sid voiced his frustration during writing the book several times over Twitter, yet now I am sure he knows it was worthwhile. Not only is the writing, as we’ve come to expect, fabulous, the real power of this book is born from the research. The depth of research is commendable but more so, it is the quality of study that stands out. The sheer amount of interviews Sid conducted is impressive and more importantly he spoke to the right protagonists. The story of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are told through the voices of those that lived it. Football books are growing in quantity and quality, but Fear and Loathing in La Liga stands tall among its peers.
An avid reader of totalBarça recently contacted us in sharing the release of his new book dedicated to the inner workings of La Masia. In this edition of We’ve got mail, we get to know the author and his newly published book, which is available on Amazon.
Catalan journalist Guillem Gómez authored Francesc Calvet, El pagés que va triomfar al Barça, a book that tells the story of Calvet, a country man who took part in the mythical team of les Cinc Copes. In addition to being a part of that legendary Barça team, Calvet was also one of the first set of players who can be considered ‘La Masia players’. Gómez took time out to discuss with totalBarça his book and a little bit of blaugrana history. At the moment, the book is published only in Catalan, but a Spanish version is set to come and there is also a possibility for the book to be released in English.
Welcome to the next part of our Blaugrana Library series, where we will continue sharing with you good books about FC Barcelona and its players, coaches, and tactics. Today we will get to know the secrets of FC Barcelona, its unique atmosphere created by the players of the first team and the philosophy of La Masia.
Welcome to our brand new series, Blaugrana Library. We want to share with you good books about FC Barcelona and its players, coaches and tactics. In each post we will share with you books that totalBarça’s contributors have already read and would like to recommend. In the very first part we will take a closer look at books concerning two players: Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández.
As mentioned in totalBarça’s recent contest announcement, we are holding our second giveaway contest of 2012! The prize is sponsored by BackPage Press, the publishers of the fantastic book, Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, written by Graham Hunter (Read our interview with Hunter to know more about the book). BackPage Press has graciously supplied totalBarça a copy of the book, identical to the one it sells on its website, to be given away to the selected winner. The prize is all the more special because it will be a copy signed by Graham Hunter.
If you are interested in entering the contest, answer this simple question: BackPage Press recently released its second title - Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World. Name the first title BackPage Press published.
More details on how to enter the contest after the jump!