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The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuściński
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Dec 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: africa, memoir, middle-east, latin-america
Read in February, 2009

This is the third Kapuściński book I've read...the others being The Emperor and Shah of Shahs . The two previous ones were about specific people (Haile Selassie and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi respectively) while this one covers wars and revolutions in a variety of places on four continents. The bulk of the book is spent in Africa with quite a bit about the Congo and Patrice Lumumba, but also a lot about Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, etc.

Then it's off to Central America for the "Soccer War" between El Salvador and Honduras. That 100 hour war might have been triggered because of events surrounding a soccer game, but it wasn't at all about soccer (as Kapuściński explains in detail.)

Towards the end of the book Kapuściński tells about his travels in Cyprus and Syria and the wars he saw there too.

Kapuściński had to have experienced more in this life than 100 people put together have. I look forward to reading the rest of his books eventually.
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