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For the past 10 years, leading Canadian journalist and cultural critic John Doyle has been traveling

the globe to observe World Cup and other soccer matches played at the highest level. The result is a Bill Bryson-esque narrative full of wit and insight, concluding with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

In between his encounters with the delirious fans, the crazed taxi drivers, the leprechauns and the lederhosen, Doyle examines the evolution of soccer as a global phenomenon. More importantly, he explores in highly entertaining fashion how national character is revealed in both how the teams play the games and how their fans choose to celebrate.

World Is a Ball will excite and entertain both soccer enthusiasts and the legions of readers who simply love great storytelling.


About the Author

JOHN DOYLE is a regular contributor to the New York Times soccer blog and has been a popular cultural critic for the Globe and Mail, Canadas leading newspaper, for more than a decade.

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OrganicSeaWater, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by OrganicSeaWater)
Despite the fact that this book was written in anticipation of the 2010 World Cup, John Doyle's entertaining travelogue on international football (soccer) culture will stand the test of time. This is a fascinating read even for a non-soccer fan such as myself.
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Doyle, John
Rodale Press
Popular Culture - General
Popular Culture
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
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