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I'm a big soccer fan and thought I would be a huge fan of this book, yet I did not find it engaging. The most interesting part of the book was the discussion of Jewish soccer teams as I was unaware of this history.
While I found the book informative, I was unable to find a theme that really tied it all together and it came across as disjointed. It seemed more like 10 long blog posts by someone who liked to travel and do research instead of an actual book.
 

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Paul Michael - Goodreads

On loan from Dave Craig, I liked it OK. Some chapters better than others as the author looks at various countries' national politics as embodied in Football. Serbia, Brazil, Barca, and the US come ... Read full review

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Joe Decrosta - Goodreads

I enjoyed Foer's history of the most popular game in the world and learned quite a bit about the trends and cultural practices surrounding the sport. However, I tend to take issue with Foer's ... Read full review

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Darshan - Goodreads

Football doesn't explain all world phenomena. But it does give you a good base which explains why things are happening, be it politics, nationalism, racism or other things. Personally I felt the ... Read full review

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Russell George - Goodreads

I picked this up in a museum bookshop in New York, and it's very readable. OK, it's written for an American audience and the author is American, so by definition he doesn't really understand football ... Read full review

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Joel - Goodreads

It doesn't live up to, or attempt to live up to, its title; but this is a nice little book nonetheless. Each chapter presents a different vignette about the world of international soccer, and how it ... Read full review

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Borna Safai - Goodreads

I'm a little bit disappointed after reading this book. While there are good connections between football (yes, I choose to call it that) and events in societies and countries around the world, there ... Read full review

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Zach Summy - Goodreads

I knew little about the global soccer clubs this book focuses on beforehand. This book had a lot to offer about the politics of the game and the parallel politics and skirmishes at the nation-state level. Well done. Read full review

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Franklin Foer taught me something about hooliganism in continental soccer and its relationship, in some countries, to right wing nationalist groups. The book, published in 2004, is very dated, however ... Read full review

Review: How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

User Review  - Benjamin - Goodreads

It gives a prospective of how the world can and will work through a mainstream world sport, very enlightening on how individuals can work together to foster global trust within. how tolerance can be shown or detroyed by two distintly different individuals. Read full review


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