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 is the award-winning and "New York Times" bestselling author of numerous books, including "Candy Freak" and "My Life in Heavy Metal". He also writes for "The New York Times" and "The Boston Globe". Steve lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.