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netLibrary's July eBook of the Month: National Pastime

Updated on: Jul 28, 2005 @ 7:56:00 am

netLibrary's July 2005 eBook of the Month is National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer
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. 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.
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.
Check out this fascinating look at business and sports, and other ebook titles in UCF's netLibrary collection at



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