A New York Times Best Seller';Powerful...an important read."e; Publishers WeeklyNew York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America's biggest sacred cow: footballIn Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions:*; Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?*; What does it mean that our society has transmuted the intuitive physical joys of childhoodrun, leap, throw, tackleinto a billion-dollar industry?*; How did a sport that causes brain damage become such an important emblem for our institutions of higher learning?There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America's favorite game with such searing candor.