Eight World Cups, by George VecseyIf you’re the kind of person who likes to prepare for an upcoming World Cup by reading about old World Cups—and I know I am—you could do a lot worse than getting yourself a copy of George Vecsey’s Eight World Cups. That’s eight world cups for the price of one book! And it’s just a pleasure to read. From my review in the April 1 issue of Booklist:

As a longtime columnist for the New York Times, Vecsey (Stan Musial: An American Life, 2011) has covered many sports but has a special passion for soccer. His reporting on eight World Cups—from Spain in 1982 to South Africa in 2010—forms the basis for this fond memoir, an exceedingly enjoyable blend of travelogue, sportswriting, and social analysis.

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