How Soccer Explains The World by Franklin Foer is an analysis of the relationship between soccer and the new global economy. The author takes readers on a journey from stadium to stadium around the globe in an attempt to shed new insights on today’s world events, both from political and economic standpoints. The book explores how soccer has become a reflection of the world’s changing economic and political systems.
The main themes of the book are globalization, nationalism, and tribalism. Foer argues that soccer is a microcosm of the world, where the game reflects the economic and political realities of different countries. He also uses soccer to defend the virtues of old-fashioned nationalism as a way to blunt the return of tribalism.
Useful takeaways from the book include:
- Soccer is more than just a game; it reflects the economic and political realities of different countries.
- Globalization has had a significant impact on soccer, with clubs becoming more like multinational corporations.
- Nationalism can be a positive force, but it can also lead to tribalism and conflict.
- Soccer can be used as a tool for diplomacy and peace-building.
- The history of soccer is intertwined with the history of politics and society.
What I Liked
Loved everything about this book – it’s everything that a non-fiction book about society should be. It’s fun, data-backed, with an approachable, understandable thesis. Foer is an amazing writer. And the topic is so fun.
What I Did Not Like
Nothing – fun book!