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"
“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 Globe
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.
by Harper Collins,
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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