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Superfans

Superfans by George Dohrmann
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Feb 20, 2018 | 224 Pages
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“Well reported and meticulously researched . . . [George] Dohrmann is a respected, diligent sportswriter and has been so for years—you don’t get Pulitzers for message-board posts.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Compelling . . . Being a sports fan means asserting an identity, connecting to a tribe and a time.”The Washington Post
 
“[A] lively, and sympathetic, account of the men and women who paint their faces, wear crazy costumes and make regular calls to sports radio shows.”Newsday

“A thought-provoking exploration of the weird, fascinating, and wonderful world of sports fans.”—Chris Ballard, senior writer at Sports Illustrated
 
Superfans is utterly hilarious, showing that sports have the power to turn PhD psychologists into superstitious obsessives, and young children into statistical savants. It’s also the definitive anthropological dive into a form of mania that affects someone you love, if not you yourself.”—David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene
 
“You’ve seen them screaming at a quarterback, paint covering their faces. But who are they? Why are they? And what do they mean for the rest of us? In Superfans, the great George Dohrmann breaks down the fanaticism with writing that is simultaneously uproarious and alarming. This is a terrific book.”—Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of Gunslinger
 
“Vastly entertaining and enlightening . . . Dohrmann treats his subjects with dignity. . . . By exploring the motivations of the men and women who display team tattoos and coordinate fan armies complete with military ranks, Dohrmann gives soul to a much maligned and misunderstood aspect of sports.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist turns his attention to those who identify obsessively with their teams. . . . This is a fascinating subject deserving of further study, and Dohrmann provides a good jumping-off point.”Kirkus Reviews

“Dohrmann here plumbs the deep, mysterious ties that bind ‘superfans’ to their teams. . . . An insightful study that can find application well beyond the world of sports.”Booklist
 
“An inside look at people who draw a sense of place and belonging from the sports teams for which they root. This book should have a broad readership.”Library Journal

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