Against Football

Against Football

One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

By Steve Almond

Melville House Publishing, Hardcover, 9781612194158, 178pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

A "New York Times" Best Seller"
" 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 is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including Candy Freak and My Life in Heavy Metal. He also writes for the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Steve lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.