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on 14 April 2010
A timeless classic updated and re-released every 4 years. I have somewhere in my loft my grandad's copy of the edition published prior to the 1974 World Cup and also the one I bought 4 years ago.
The text for the older tournaments hasn't changed but is well enough written to weather the changes in style over the years. The format followed is basically a chapter per tournament with a chronological narrative and then a table of results at the end of each section. As a young fan these tables held me spellbound for many hours imaging far off exotic locations that you could only dream of in the pre-budget airline era.
The reason I have given this only 4 stars is down to presentation. Great art deco style cover, but the text is more tightly packed than in previous editions, possibly as it has changed from a coffee table book to an on-the-go read, the paper used while adequate is basic, and there are no colour photos, indeed few photos of any kind.
On the whole I'd throughly recommend it for anyone interested in the history of previous tournaments and prepared to put the effort to read about it. Probably not so suitbale if you are after a slickly presented guide to the history of the tournament presented in the form of photos and statistical analysis. Also bear in mind that this book looks back not forward, so look elsewhere if you want to learn about South Africa 2010.