Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

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New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America’s biggest sacred cow: football.

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In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves.

Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions:
  • Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?
  • What does it mean that our society has transmuted the intuitive physical joys of childhood—run, leap, throw, tackle—into a billion-dollar industry?
  • How did a sport that causes brain damage become such an important emblem for our institutions of higher learning?

  • There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.

    " important read." —Publishers Weekly

    Additional Information

    Author Steve Almond
    Publisher Melville House Publishing
    Page Count 208pp
    Publication Size 5.25 x 7.5
    Publication Notes paperback
    Publication Date August 18, 2015
    ISBN 978-1612194912

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