Reviews from Amazon.com for Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism
If you like sports, you will love this book!
May 7, 2002
Reviewer: Eric Ambinder from Winter Park, Florida
Anyone interested in sports should purchase this intuitive book by Markovits and Hellerman. They pose and then answer the question 'Why has the United States remained so aloof from the world's most popular sport?' They explain the origins of the "Big Three and One-Half" and clarify how each sport uniquely became a part of American "hegemonic" culture." It does a thorough job of exploring and explaining the rise in popularity of sports from the perspective of the theory of American Exceptionalism. This book imparts unique and fascinating incites of sports from a sociological viewpoint, while its multitude of information behaves as a reference and an almanac for the development of American sports history. Reading "Offside" will entertain and educate even the most sophisticated sports fan!
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