Drawing on Baden-Powell's extensive archive, Playing the Game is a rich and evocative selection of his writings, on peace - a major theme throughout his career and the theme of the 2007 centenary celebrations, on his own life, from his wonderfull idiosyncratic anecdotal autobiography and includes a healthy sprinkling of some of BP's more memorable aphorisms, such as ‘I don’t mind confessing I have a weakness for hippos' and 'The man who holds the average boy’s attention for more than seven minutes is a genius', not to mention 'Knowledge without character is mere pie-crust'.
Imbued with a strong sense of the splendour and the old-school Empire feel of Baden-Powell’s work, Playing the Game offers a dazzling window into a world that’s gone, but whose legacy remains alive, not least in the 28 million members of the Scouts Association
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About the Author
Robert Baden-Powell was born in 1857 and served in the British army in India, Afghanistan, West and South Africa. He became a national hero after his command of the siege of Mafeking during the Boer War. He founded the Scout Movement, which now boasts some 28 million members worldwide, in 1907 with twenty-five boys at an experimental scout camp on Brownsea Island. He died in Kenya in 1941.
Mario Sica entered the Italian Foreign Service in 1962, serving in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa. As Ambassador of Italy he served in Namibia, Somalia, at the OSCE in Vienna and in Egypt. He retired in 2004.
Dr Sica joined Scouting in Italy in 1947, serving in various capacities, including as International Commissioner. He was Group Scout Leader with a Swiss Group for Italian immigrants, 1978-1982. Currently a member of World Committee of ISGF (international organization of adult Scouts and Guides). Known worldwide as an editor and translator of Baden-Powell's works, he has contributed to magazines, conferences and seminars on the Scout method and Movement, Baden-Powell's thinking and the history of Scouting.