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A good overview but lacking in detail,
This review is from: 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Official Book (Paperback)
As a World Cup nut I bought this book as soon as it was released. Along with a look at the host nation and its stadiums, this book also contains info on how the teams qualified and a more in-depth study on each team's chances this summer.
If you're after a general overview of this year's World Cup then it's an acceptable purchase. There's some useful info on each competing nation's star players, what they're capable of in the tournament and plenty of nice glossy photos. It also ackowledges Henry's handball incident againt the Republic of Ireland in their play-off - which is vastly more than UEFA's website does.
However, as expected of a FIFA-endorsed book it's a bit...well...bland. The World Cup History section is very poor, with only brief summaries of past tournaments. Also, while I believe Keir Radnedge is a great football historian, it might've been better for him to stick his neck out a bit more when analysing the teams. Every team seems to have chance of upsetting the odds in this book - even though unfortunately this never happens.
This book might be a good introduction for newcomers to the World Cup, but the lack of a thorough look at previous tournaments means you only get a sense of what it means to South Africa rather than what it's meant for millions of people over the last 80 years. If it's the latter you're after, best getting the BBC's World Cup Stories instead.