A very timely book for football season … AGAINST FOOTBALL: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond is part reportage, part memoir, often scathingly funny and all smart.
Based on a highly controversial NY Times article of conclusive medical evidence that football causes serious brain injury, a life-long football lover (and bestselling author) tells why he’s turning away from the game—and you should, too.
Read the High Scoring Reviews for Against Football:
“Many fans of football will react to this book with derision, and many non-fans will consider his points self-evident: both are wrong. These are arguments that deserve to be considered deeply and grappled with, and teens—who have not yet devoted their lives or opinions to or against the sport—are in a perfect position to take Almond’s manifesto seriously.“
—School Library Journal
“A brilliantly quotable, carefully constructed, emotionally vulnerable tract sure to anger as many as it convinces, he argues against the sport’s many sins even as he thoughtfully examines its hold on the souls of the faithful.”
—Booklist, starred review
“A provocative, thoughtful examination of an ’astonishingly brutal’ sport… Comic, compassionate and thought-provoking.”
“Powerful… Almond is drawing on his own experiences as a fan to illustrate how difficult the problem, which provides the book with an engaging personal angle that will lure readers who are mature enough to hear him out whether they agree with his conclusions… An important read, even if as Almond concedes, it offers more questions than answers.”