When not reading blogs, we recommend reading books — hold-in-your-paws, turn-the-pages, dead-tree books. Digital, stare-at-yet-another-screen “books” are acceptable. Barely. Either way, you’re probably helping this guy, who in turn, is keeping this blog humming along. Soccer works continue to stack up at Insider world headquarters. The previous compilation appeared here last month.
The recent arrivals:
“Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil Through Soccer,” by David Goldblatt (Nation Books, available May 1): The sports documentarian and author of “The Ball Is Round: a Global History of Football” explores not only O Jogo Bonito and Brazil’s cast of colorful characters, but how poverty, corruption and violence have seeped into the beautiful game.
*Golazo! The Beautiful Game from the Aztecs to the World Cup: The Complete History of How Soccer Shaped Latin America,” by Andreas Campomar (Riverhead Books, available May 6). From an author of Uruguayan descent comes a sweeping exploration of soccer intersecting with politics, history, economics and culture in forging a continent’s passion.
“Futbol! Why Soccer Matters in Latin America,” by Joshua H. Nadel (University Press of Florida, available now). The associate director of a global studies program at N.C. Central University traces futbol’s rich history in Central and South America, its ties to 20th century development and its impact on politics, media, race relations and gender stereotypes.
“Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? Soccer’s Greatest Legends and Lore,” by Paul Simpson and Uli Hesse (William Morrow, available May 20). Answers to your most perplexing questions, such as: Who scored the fastest goal ever, why did Independiente hold a minute’s silence for Neil Armstrong and who was the first foreigner in the English game?
“The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer,” by Brett Forrest (HarperCollins, available May 6). A veteran journalist goes inside the $700 billion international soccer betting market and pulls back the curtain on an underworld of crime syndicates and corrupt players and officials who threaten to undermine the sport.
“Rising Above and Beyond the Crossbar: The Life Story of Lincoln “Tiger Phillips,” by Lincoln Phillips (AuthorHouse, available now). Race and culture serve as the backdrop for an autobiography by the Trinidad native, who played and coached in America for decades and guided a historically black university (Howard) to an NCAA title for the first time.
“World Soccer Legends series,” (Abbeville Press, available now). Geared for children 7 and up, these eight large-scale books are full of biography information, charts, lists and photos. Titles include Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the U.S. national team and Stars of the World Cup.