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Offside: Soccer And American Exceptionalism

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Soccer is the world's favorite pastime, a passion for billions around the globe. In the United States, however, the sport is a distant also-ran behind football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Why is America an exception? And why, despite America's leading role in popular culture, does most of the world ignore American sports in return? "Offside" is the first book to exp
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 22nd 2001 by Princeton University Press (first published February 15th 2001)
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Jul 14, 2012 Doreen rated it really liked it
After the fizz of the Euro 2012 Championships had died down, I found myself in serious need of a football fix, so got this from the local library. It was a lot denser than I thought it would be: though it's a sociological study, I'd expected something more readable, along the lines of Moneyball or Soccernomics. Don't get me wrong, it's not that the writing is at all turgid, but the authors have a lot of ground to cover, and if sports history (and, to a certain extent, sociology) isn't your thing ...more
Michael Greening
Fantastic read for football aficionados and, more importantly, general sports fans in the US. Much historical review of the development of professional baseball, spherical football, and basketball juxtaposed with the lack of said development for soccer
David Allan
Very heavy going with academic jargon and phrasing. I ended up skimming entire sections that I wasn't really interested in (the history of basketball - pro, college - and youth?)
Feb 10, 2013 Beau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, sports, soccer
A little dense for people who aren't used to reading academic prose, but the analysis is first-rate.
Andy Landis
Oct 29, 2007 Andy Landis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A detailed discuss of soccer in the US and why it hasn't taken off as in the rest of the world.
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