How Football Explains the World
An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
By (author) Franklin Foer
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How Football Explains the World by Franklin Foer
Book DescriptionWhat in the world has the power to liberate women in Iran while provoking antagonism between Catholics and Protestants in Scotland, to lure Nigerians to the cold of the Ukraine while heating up class warfare in the US heartlands, and both profit local gangsters and create local - and international - celebrities? Foer presents an unexpected, uniquely revealing tour of the politics and culture of football from Milan to Tehran. He examines the game's role in sustaining ancient hatreds and rivalries (Serbia's Red Star and Croatia's Dinamo); in supporting the migration of players and the rise of the football oligarchs (such as Silvio Berlusconi, President of AC Milan - and of Italy); and in defending the virtues and vices of old-fashioned nationalism. As Foer brilliantly illuminates, the Balkan War, anti-Semitism, Jewish identity, racism, social integration, media manipulation, and American patriotism have all been influenced by, as well as have had a dramatic effect on, football. On his travels, Foer encounters a collection of fans that is stranger than fiction: from a British hooligan with a Jewish mother, a Nazi father and a career as a soldier of fortune, to a fan club in Serbia that turns into a brutal anti-Muslim paramilitary unit. The result is an unforgettable parade of uniquely memorable fans - each set into his - or her - unique political and cultural context.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099492269
(198mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Franklin Foer
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Presents a classic that had a spectacular immediate impact on national politics. This book tells a history of America and its political ideals and an analysis of contemporary ills, from rampant economic inequality to unchecked corporate power.
Jewish Jocks, Paperback (October 2013)
A collection of essays by today's preeminent writers on significant Jewish figures in sports, told with humor, heart, and an eye toward the ever elusive question of Jewish identity.
How Soccer Explains the World, Paperback (June 2010)» View all books by Franklin Foer
Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It is a perfect window into the cross-currents of the world, with all its joys and its sorrows. This book takes readers on a tour through the world of soccer, focusing on the clash of civilizations, the international economy, and about everything in between.
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Author Biography - Franklin Foer
Franklin Foer is a staff writer for the New Republic. He lives in Washington DC. How Football Explains the World is his first book.
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