How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It is a perfect window into the cross–currents of today's world, with all its joys and its sorrows. In this remarkably insightful, wide–ranging work of reportage, Franklin Foer takes us on a surprising tour through the world of soccer, shining a spotlight on the clash of civilizations, the international economy, and just about everything in between. How Soccer Explains the World is an utterly original book that makes sense of our troubled times.

  

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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
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Foer is a decent writer. - Goodreads
All sorts of great insights into global cultures. - Goodreads

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Interesting theories. Learned a lot about the business behind the sport. Read full review

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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

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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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HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS
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How to Win the World Cup
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Note on Sources
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Index
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Copyright

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About the author (2009)

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

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