In The Life and Career of David Beckham: Football Legend, Cultural Icon, Tracey Savell Reavis delivers an up-to-date and refreshing look at one of soccer’s most-recognized athletes. Drawing on extensive research and in-depth interviews, Reavis brings an outside perspective to Beckham’s life in order to reveal his profound impact on the sport in the United States and worldwide. From his birth in Leytonstone, London and his celebrated playing career to his role in bringing the 2012 Olympic Games to London and his retirement from soccer in 2013, Reavis examines the influences that shaped Beckham into the legend he is today.
Featuring photographs and original interviews, this book illuminates Beckham’s status as a soccer star, husband, father, fashion icon, and cultural phenomenon. The first biography since his retirement, The Life and Career of David Beckham will not only appeal to soccer fans, but also to anyone who wants to know more about this international icon.
That alone drew me to this book, and Tracey Savell Reavis gave me the answer, colorfully and in great detail. She takes us back to the beginning, and beyond, then brings us to his origins, onto his path to greatness, his fall and redemption, and eventually the crossover into the kind of international fame that, in most cases, is impossible to pinpoint or describe.
In doing all of this, the universality of Beckham’s rise comes through, so that anyone who cares about sports gets it, even if he or she has never set foot in England, played “football” or watched an entire game of his.
By the time you finish reading this scrupulously-researched, passionately and smartly-told tale, you will have asked and answered another vital question, even more specific than the aforementioned one … how did an English soccer player get into an underwear commercial during the Super Bowl?
-- David Steele, sports journalist, Sporting News, and co-author, Slilent Gesture:
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