Friday, July 9, 2010

How Soccer Explains the World - What Students Can Learn About Globalization from the World Cup

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer Though I’m not usually much of a sports fan, I have been keeping up with the World Cup this summer. Maybe it’s because I got the chance to visit my sister who was studying abroad in Seville earlier this year, maybe (probably) it’s for some of the reasons mentioned here, but I have really been looking forward to the championship game between Spain and the Netherlands this Sunday.

After the tournament is over, if you’re still looking for a soccer fix, or maybe even trying to understand the seemingly unprecedented interest your friends have taken in soccer, be sure to read a copy of Franklin Foer’s book, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization. In it, Foer takes readers and students on a surprising tour through the world of soccer, shining a spotlight on the clash of civilizations, the international economy, and just about everything in between. In this book, soccer is the lens through which complex international relations are examined, making it a great introduction to globalization for students and sports fans of all ages.

Praise for How Soccer Explains the World:

"Foer’s skills as a narrator are enviable. His characterizations… are comparable to those in Norman Mailer's journalism." —The Boston Globe

“An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.” —The New York Times Book Review

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