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

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

byFranklin Foer

Paperback | May 11, 2010

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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.

Franklin Foer is the editor ofThe New Republic. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Title:How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of GlobalizationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.72 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5 × 0.72 inPublished:May 11, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061978051

ISBN - 13:9780061978050


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic sportswriting The larger than life game of football/soccer is examined by Foer to try (where impossible) to see why the beautiful game impacts not only our moods on the weekends but geopolitics. Filled with wars, rivalries and derbies, the book is a must read on the sport.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from and it sums up why the world is a mess Right from the first chapter that addresses the Balkan Wars through the soccer rivalry between Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb, you know you're in for a great read. Franklin Foer is able to get right to the heart of every significant soccer issue the game faces today. Ranks up there with the bets of modern soccer books.
Date published: 2017-01-12

Editorial Reviews

“Absorbing. . . . Vividly reported. . . . Foer’s ample documentation of the thorough, and occasionally ludicrous, entanglement of sport, politics, and culture in the rest of the world is stunning.” (San Francisco Chronicle)