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National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer
When British soldiers in Afghanistan and Southern Iraq wanted to befriend the locals, they played a soccer match. On Christmas Day, 1914, British and German soldiers in the First World War did the same thing. For nearly 100 years soccer has united a divided world with only one notable exception—the United States.
Baseball is America’s game, a national obsession that remains largely North American. Soccer is the world’s game, a sport over which no nation can claim ownership. In July’s eBook of the Month, authors Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist offer the first in-depth, cross-cultural comparison of these two great sporting passions and show how much the traditions of each game reveal about the societies and economies that spawned them. By tracing the evolution of both sports, Szymanski and Zimbalist identify some of the problems each faces, and how each sport can look to the other for solutions.
Designed to increase awareness of online resources and highlight the value of your eBook collection, July’s eBook of the Month is provided through the generous support of Brookings Institution Press. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to showcase your NetLibrary collection by sharing this engaging and entertaining look at the world of sports business.