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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“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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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
It's well written and well researched. - Goodreads
Foer is a decent writer. - Goodreads
All sorts of great insights into global cultures. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

A fascinating, fast-paced read that takes the reader on a journey through some of the most soccer-mad countries in the world (and in the US), and draws out how soccer and the prevailing cultural and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Theresia - Goodreads

(Reread) I've read this book in both its first print English edition and the Indonesian translation. Also, surprise, surprise, Franklin is Jonathan Safran's brother—not that it matters, anyway. First ... 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
249
Index
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Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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