In Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, New York Times bestselling author 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 steps back from the seductive din of the gridiron to ask a series of provocative questions:
- 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 the leading signifier of our institutions of higher learning?
- Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?
There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.
“…a brilliantly quotable, carefully constructed, emotionally vulnerable tract sure to anger as many as it convinces…”
–Booklist (starred review)
“A provocative, thoughtful examination of an ‘astonishingly brutal’ sport…Comic, compassionate and thought-provoking.”
–Kirkus Reviews – full review »
“Powerful … Almond is drawing on his own experiences as a fan to illustrate how difficult the problem, which provides the book with an engaging personal angle that will lure readers who are mature enough to hear him out whether they agree with his conclusions.. An important read…”
–Publisher’s Weekly – full review »