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How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

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Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It's a perfect window into the crosscurrents of today's world, with all its joys and sorrows. In this remarkably insightful, wide-ranging work of reportage, Franklin Foer takes us on a surprising tour through the world of soccer, shining a spotlight on the clash of civilizations, the international economy, and just about everything in between. How Soccer Explains the World is an utterly original book that makes sense of our troubled times.

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“An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.” The New York Times Book Review

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"An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sports road trip." The Wall Street Journal

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"Foer's skills as a narrator are enviable. His characterizations…are comparable to those in Norman Mailer's journalism." The Boston Globe

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This wide-ranging work of reportage is a unique and brilliantly illuminating look at the world's most popular sport as a new metaphor for the pressing issues of our age, from the clash of civilizations to the global economy.

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A 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.

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Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Slate, and New York magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Joan Elizabeth Murray, June 20, 2014 (view all comments by Joan Elizabeth Murray)
There is no better time to be reading this fascinating global view of professional and even amateur soccer. A reader will learn many unexpected things...this is like an ethnography of football clubs and their fan environments. Published in 2004, Franklin Foer, a journalist engages the question of how soccer reflects the trend to economic and cultural globalization as it crashes up against the tribal nature of football/soccer fans. Foer doesn't stick to just the famous teams and stars, he explores fascinating edges and corners of this "beautiful game"
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wurdnurd, April 20, 2010 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
Fun, informative and creative, Foer writes for soccer fans and newbies alike. As someone who isn’t a huge soccer fan (though I’ll watch if it’s on TV), I recommended this book to a soccer fan, who loved it (and sparked a ton of conversations about all things soccer…oops). Writing with a unique view of the world, Foer does his research, asks the difficult questions, and comes to his own rational conclusions while indulging his soccer obsession. A fascinating read for those looking to bring a little explanation to a chaotic world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061978050
Author:
Foer, Franklin
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Soccer
Subject:
Sociology of Sports
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061978050 Reviews:
"Review" by , “An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.” The New York Times Book Review
"Review" by , "An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sports road trip." The Wall Street Journal
"Review" by , "Foer's skills as a narrator are enviable. His characterizations…are comparable to those in Norman Mailer's journalism." The Boston Globe
"Synopsis" by , This wide-ranging work of reportage is a unique and brilliantly illuminating look at the world's most popular sport as a new metaphor for the pressing issues of our age, from the clash of civilizations to the global economy.
"Synopsis" by , A 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.
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