How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

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Harper Collins, Jul 5, 2005 - Social Science - 261 pages
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Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It is a perfect window into the cross–currents of today's world, with all its joys and its 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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His writing is straight forward and easy to read. - Goodreads
Good premise, rather lacking in execution. - Goodreads
The prose was a bit too flowing and flowery. - Goodreads
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Foer is a decent writer. - Goodreads
All sorts of great insights into global cultures. - Goodreads

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I never knew that the beautiful game had such an ugly underbelly, taken over by violence, racism, and national and religious partisanism and ruled by power and corruption (and you won't even find FIFA ... Read full review

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User Review  - Neil - Goodreads

Not a bad read that taught me a lot about other soccer cultures around the world. However, it never really explained the world or talked about globalization at all. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
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e HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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r HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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t HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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u HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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the Survival of the Top Hats
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o HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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p HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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a HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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s HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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the American Culture Wars
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Note on Sources
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Index
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Copyright

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About the author (2005)

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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