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How Soccer Explains the World - Franklin Foer

How Soccer Explains the World

By Franklin Foer

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
From 79 Ratings


“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.


  • Soccer is my Passion!

    By LewisJose
    Soccer is great game! it unites many countries and people together. I am happy and proud that i play Soccer. I hope i had enough money to read this book, but i'm sure its a great book.
  • Great Sports Book

    By KingAaronVII
    This is a well researched and thoughtfully composed book. I highly recommend it for anyone, soccer fan or not, who is interested in the dynamics of tribalism and the general human condition. The only disappointment is that I've never read a sports book that is close to this in quality.
  • Indispensable

    By rfoil
    For those who love the game, this is a must read. Indispensable for understanding why soccer rivalries transcend sport. I couldn't put it down.
  • Overall Good Book

    Whilst overall I thought it was a very good book with interesting and unique stories and examples, I though it skimped a little on the analogy between soccer and globalisation. Even though it was clearly there I felt it could have been better explained and more plainly put. But other than that I quite enjoyed it and really loved the ability to read it on my iPad/iPhone.