How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
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It's a fun light read It's a fun light read. A lot of great anecdotes and fun facts about the world of football and the historical contexts of the teams. It makes me ashamed of insignificant history of the U.S. sports teams that I love.I recommend it for any human being. I can't speak for martians, but I suggest they give it a try too. Do they play football?. Carl C. said Great book!. I have bought this book three times now. Three times I have given it away to a friend or family member. Highly recommend.. EGD said Perpetrating Fare. Back when Will Smith fronted a rap act called "DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince," he released a song that described the practice of simulating a cell phone conversation (so as to impress on-looking honies) as "perpetrating." Franklin Foer has now given "perpetrating" its punditry analog by grafting a pedestrian (probably sub-pedestrian -- a crawler's perhaps?) understanding of global economics onto a spicy blend of adrenaline-soaked reporter's war st
But in Europe, South America, and elsewhere, soccer is not merely a pastime but often an expression of the social, economic, political, and racial composition of the communities that host both the teams and their throngs of enthusiastic fans. The global power of soccer might be a little hard for Americans, living in a country that views the game with the same skepticism used for the metric system and the threat of killer bees, to grasp fully. Readers with an interest in international economics are sure to like How Soccer Explains the World, but soccer fans will love it. New Republic editor Franklin Foer, a lifelong devotee of soccer dating from his own inept youth playing days to an adulthood of obsessive fandom, examines soccer's role in various cultures as a means of examining the reach of globalization. Foer's approach is long on soccer reportage, providing extensive history and fascinating interviews on the Rangers-Celtic rivalry and the inner wo
“An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.” —The New York Times Book Review"An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sports road trip." —The Wall Street Journal"Foer’s skills as a narrator are enviable. His characterizations… are comparable to those in Norman Mailer's journalism." —The Boston GlobeA groundbreaking work—named one of the five most influential sports books of the decade by Sports Illustrated—How Soccer Explains the World is a unique and brilliantly illuminating look at soccer, the world’s most popular sport, as a lens through which to view the pressing issues of our age, from the clash of civilizations to the global economy.