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A "New York Times" Best Seller" " Powerful...an important read.""" "Publishers Weekly ""New York Times "bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America's biggest sacred cow: 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.
About the Author
STEVE ALMOND was raised in Palo Alto, California, and was a newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida before writing his first book, the story collection "My Life in Heavy Metal." His second book, "Candy Freak," was a "New York Times" bestseller, was named the Booksense Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year, and won the American Library Association Alex Award. His short fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and he writes commentary and journalism regularly for "The New York Times," "The Boston Globe," and "The Los Angeles Times." Almond lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.