Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil Through Soccer, by David Goldblatt.

GoldblattGoldblatt is a brilliant researcher and historian, and after writing what are considered to be the definitive histories of both football and the Olympics he turned his hand to Brazil ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Like Bellos’ book, the focus here is not the games or the clubs or the players, it’s how football developed in South America’s most dynamic nation. Goldblatt has a gift for taking a dry topic like the construction of a new capital city and mixing it with football to make it more readable. He does that with several different subjects and eras, allowing readers to learn about Brazil’s art, literature, culture and politics, almost without noticing.

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