Reviews from Amazon.com for Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism
"Entertaining & Accurate"
May 30, 2002
Alexander Kingsley Cotton
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
A great read - and not just for sports fans. Markovits and Hellerman use their topic (the lack of a real soccer culture in the US) to explicate and explore the relationship between America and the rest of the world. For those interested in the development and history of the United State's various sports leagues, OFFSIDE has plenty of accurate facts, references, and resources. For those interested in the more theoretical & sociological aspects of the work, OFFSIDE has a strong and clear outline and plenty of well written, interesting analysis and argument. If you want to understand the social and political role sports play in human culture, OR you want to learn more about American exceptionalism, (and have fun doing it), OR both, read this book!
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