How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages

“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

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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User Review  - jonfaith - LibraryThing

This proved to be a cartoonish, gauche, reflection of the beautiful game, a pseud-driven history or, worse, a representation through local color. It was horrible. Mr. Foer does not understand football; his grasp of geo-politics is predicated on gross types and childish extraploations. Read full review

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User Review  - rocketjk - LibraryThing

This book was very interesting and I read through it quite quickly. It is a series of essays about how soccer, and more specifically love for a particular local soccer team, has affected politics ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
the Pornography of Sects
How Soccer Explains the Jewish Question
the Sentimental Hooligan
the Black Carpathians
How Soccer Explains the New Oligarchs
How Soccer Explains
Note on Sources
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Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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