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Short Synopsis
From New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond comes his scathing work on America's most popular sport—football.

Full Synopsis
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.

"Narrator Peter Berkrot shapes the book with an emotional tone that reflects the author's persuasive words." ---AudioFile

"Almond makes a convincing case for the theory that Americans have turned to football in order to meet spiritual needs that arose as a result of industrial and social progress." --- Publishers Weekly

"Comic, compassionate and thought-provoking." ---Kirkus

"A searing, thought-provoking book." ---Booklist

Against Football

One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

Author Steve Almond

Narrated by Peter Berkrot

Publication date Feb 17, 2015

Running time 5 hrs

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