How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer
An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

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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.

 

About Franklin Foer

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Franklin Foer is editor of the New Republic and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization. Marc Tracy is a staff writer at the New Republic. Previously, he was a staff writer at Tablet magazine; the blog he edited there, The Scroll, won the 2011 National Magazine Award.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 273 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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(Glasgow, Foer brightly adds, provides a fine rebuttal to the capitalist theory that “once a society becomes economically advanced, it becomes politically advanced—liberal, tolerant, democratic.”) In the heart of the former Yugoslavia, where the soccer hooligans are so tough that they regularly b...

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Bill Clinton was hoarse, but happy, one day after attending the U.S.-Algeria match at the World Cup on Wednesday.

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PopMatters

I cannot claim any expertise on the experiences of Nigerian imports into Ukrainian football (“How Soccer Explains The Black Carpathians”), the corruption that is apparently rampant in Brazilian football and politics (“How Soccer Explains The Survival Of The Top Hats”), or even the history of Jewi...

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The Atlantic

(We spent the first ten minutes talking about Polish soccer stars Grzegorz Lato and Zbigniew Boniek before discussing Africa.) In fact, one of the great writerly books on soccer is Uruguayan intellectual Eduardo Galeano's Soccer In Sun and Shadow.

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A Patchwork of Books

We shouldn’t multitask, they say – our brains can’t handle multiple tasks, and multitasking drains us of cognitive resources and makes us unable to focus on the critical tasks around us.

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