Four Weeks in Montevideo: The Story of World Cup 1930
A little gem this one.
The author, Hyder Jawad, captures the magic, vibrancy and eccentricity of South America and finds a way in to this story with a unique search for a ticket. That ticket gives us an entry to a magnificent story about the birth of the football World Cup in Uruguay 1930.
Also packed with well-research statistics. Who was there, who wasn't there and why.
The World Cup spawned from almost amateur beginnings, to the birth of a competition only rivaled by the Olympics.
Make sure you read it before the next World Cup in Brazil 2014.