Foer’s recent book “How Soccer Explains the World,” was a great read, although it seems to me that it’s perhaps hobbled by a title that looks great from a marketing standpoint, but winds up kind of overstating this modest little gem’s intentions a bit. Simply put, it’s a remarkably entertaining set of essays about how the sport provides interesting ways to consider how culture, “tribal” loyalties, economics, and politics appear in the humble guise of strikers, local teams and rivalries, team economics, and (of course) fans. If you’re looking for interesting critiques of globalization, this might be quicker. Or, if PoMo stuff is to your liking, try this one for size (keep your dictionary handy). But it’d be a shame to pass this great little read by because you were expecting a manifesto.
You can read an excerpt from the book here about the now-dead Serbian paramilitary leader Arkan and his club Red Star Belgrade (here’s how they describe themselves, in case you were wondering). Maybe it’ll whet your appetite.