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Superclasico: Inside the Ultimate Derby (90 Minutes Shorts Book 1)
Superclasico: Inside the Ultimate Derby (90 Minutes Shorts Book 1)
Price: 1.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Super classy, 21 Feb 2014
A quick, easy and niftily constructed read that skips the minutiae and insider-y jargon that weigh down many football books and gets you straight to the heart and soul of one of football's most storied rivalries: Boca Juniors vs River Plate.

Richards clearly knows his stuff and has immersed himself in the often seamy world of Argentine football so that we don't have to. Refreshingly he doesn't obsess over Diego Maradona (who, Richards reminds us, only played one season for Boca in his prime), but dwells instead on local legends like the enigmatic Juan Román Riquelme and the "traitorous" Oscar Ruggeri, who committed the ultimate crime of switching from Boca to River.

Worth 90 minutes of anyone's time and by the end you'll be wishing for extra time.

India Rising: Tales from a Changing Nation
India Rising: Tales from a Changing Nation
by Oliver Balch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars From slumdogs to software moguls, an intriguing account of modern India, 6 April 2013
This is the first non-fiction book on India that I've read, so I can't say how it stacks up against other entries in this teeming genre. Judged purely on its own merits, however, this is a terrific book, packed with compelling anecdotes, expertly sketched character portraits and sharp analysis.

Balch is clearly a bloody good journalist from the old school, tenacious and persevering. He seems to have chatted up the majority of the country's 1.2 billion inhabitants and must have filled a small forest's worth of notebooks. He packs in a lot of detail, but what could have been a horrible mess, isn't.

If you want to learn something about where India is coming from and where it's going, but don't want to slash through thickets of social science jargon or cringeworthy purple prose in the process, this is the book for you.

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