A "New York Times" Best Seller"
" Powerful...an important read.""" "Publishers Weekly
""New York Times "bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America's biggest sacred cow: football
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.
About the Author
Steve Almond has published over one hundred stories and poems--in publications ranging from "Playboy" to "Tin House" to "Zoetrope"--and a two previous collections of stories, "My Life in Heavy Metal" and "The Evil B.B. Chow". He is the author of the bestselling novel "Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America".