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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As someone who has spent significant portions of my life in multiple parts of the world, acquiring a deep love for football along the way, and feeling intuitively the cultural tension created by ... Read full review

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I don't think the author achieved what he set out to do unless by explain he means provide some events without reflection or analysis. He mentions speaking of globalization and being a fan of ... 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. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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