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How football explains America

Author: Sal Paolantonio
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Using some of the most prominent voices in pro sports and cultural and media criticism, How Football Explains America is a fascinating, first-of-its-kind journey through the making of America's most complex, intriguing, and popular game. It tackles varying American themes--from Manifest Destiny to 'fourth and one'--as it answers the age-old question, 'Why does America love football so much?' An unabashedly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sal Paolantonio
ISBN: 9781629371412 1629371416
OCLC Number: 904968417
Notes: "Featuring a new introduction"--Cover.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: How football explains: Manifest destiny --
Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett --
Alexis de Tocqueville --
John Coltrane and Jackie Robinson --
West Point --
The Battle of Midway --
"Father knows best" --
The '60s --
Show business --
Us all.
Responsibility: Sal Paolantonio.

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"Using some of the most prominent voices in pro sports and cultural and media criticism, How Football Explains America is a fascinating, first-of-its-kind journey through the making of America's most complex, intriguing, and popular game. It tackles varying American themes--from Manifest Destiny to 'fourth and one'--as it answers the age-old question, 'Why does America love football so much?' An unabashedly celebratory explanation of America's love affair with the game and the men who make it possible, this work sheds light on how the pioneers and cowboys helped create a game that resembled their march across the continent. It explores why rugby and soccer don't excite the American male like football does and how the game's rules are continually changing to enhance the dramatic action and create a better narrative. It also investigates the eternal appeal of the heroic quarterback position, the sport's rich military lineage, and how the burgeoning medium of television identified and exploited the NFL's great characters. It is a must read for anyone interested in more fully understanding not only the game but also the nation in which it thrives. Updated throughout and with a new introduction."--Amazon.com.

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