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Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant ManifestoAgainst Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Steve Almond has been a football fan since he was a kid and he comes to face the harsh realities of the game in this book. Thr book comes on the heels of some of the NFL's most damning crises - the continuing controversy over the physical and mental damage from its violence as well as the Ray Rice abuse scandal. The book highlights the issue of the physical damage done by the game, the racist overtones of wealthy white owners and African American players putting their physical well-being on the line, the war-like tone and its fascination for American culture, the misogyny and homophobia that run rampant in the sport and its players, the simple fact that football players are outrageously overpaid while our education system suffers. The book focuses a lot on the problems, but does give a little bit of thought to solutions (getting rid of the NFL's tax-exempt status for a start). While this is an important provocative book, it is not as strong as I hoped. The passion the author has for the game (and its betrayal) comes through, but it could be better organized.



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