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