Anthropologist John Fox sets off on a worldwide adventure to thefarthest reaches of the globe and the deepest recesses of our ancientpast to answer a question inspired by his sports-loving son: "Why do we play ball?" From Mexican jungles to the small-town gridirons of Ohio, frommedieval villages and royal courts to modern soccer pitches andbaseball parks, The Ballexplores the little-known origins ofour favorite sports across the centuries, and traces how a simpleinvention like the ball has come to stake an unrivaled claim on ourpassions, our money, and our lives. Equal parts history and travelogue, The Ballremoves us from the scandals and commercialism of today'ssports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaimour universal connection to the games we love., Combining the best traditions of Franklin Foer's How Soccer Explains the World and Mark Kurlansky's Salt , anthropologist and adventurer John Fox presents an engaging, popular history of humanity's most ubiquitous, ordinary, and deeply fascinating creation: the ball. Traveling the globe and uncovering the histories of games involving balls ranging from rolling heads to pigskins, Fox reveals how this unassuming object can tell us not only of the evolution of human play-but the story of human civilization., Inspired by the curiosity of his sports-obsessed eight-year-old son, anthropologist Fox sets off to explore the untold history of our favorite ball games, investigate their origins, and discern how the humble, ubiquitous ball has an unrivaled claim on history and passion., Rolling Heads and Pigskins takes us to the farthest reaches of the globe and the deepest recesses of our ancient past to answer a question asked by every child on Earth: "Why do we play ball?"Inspired by the curiosity of his sports-obsessed 8-year-old son, anthropologist John Fox sets off on a global adventure to explore the untold history of our favorite ball games, investigate their origins and evolutionary tracks, and discern how one of humanity's simplest inventions-the humble, ubiquitous ball-has staked an unrivaled claim on our history, our passions, our money, and our lives.From the jungles of Mexico to the farm country of Ohio, from the courts of the ancient Pharaohs to the virtual playing fields of Second Life, Rolling Heads and Pigskins puts us center court for the gritty, ritualistic, violent, bizarre, primal drama of ball games as we've played them across the centuries. Part history, part travelogue, and part sportscast, Rolling Heads and Pigskins spins tales of the ball itself as actor and instigator, a player who taps our human urge to hit, kick, throw, and tackle.In the end, Rolling Heads and Pigskins removes us from the scandals, corruption, and commercialism of today's sports to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our fundamental human connection to the games we love.
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