Available July 2018

The Tropic of Football

The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL

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Public Appearances


Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures: Made Local
July 26, 6 p.m.

South Wing Reading Room
Carnegie Library Main (Oakland), 2nd Floor
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213
Tickets: Free, with registration.
For more information, contact: Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures at 412-622-8866 or info@pittsburghlectures.org


Penguin Bookshop Table Signing with author Rob Ruck, Tropic of Football
Saturday, July 28, 2018 — 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
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Early Praise for The Tropic of Football

“On the night of January 9, 2018, an Alabama freshman named Tua Tagovailoa stunned America by coolly firing perhaps the most perfect pass in college football history. While everyone wondered, ‘Where did he come from?,’ only Rob Ruck had the full answer—and here it is. In this immersive, deeply reported odyssey, Ruck unveils the dynamics powering football’s most dedicated and mysterious cadre, and in the process makes us grapple with a far deeper question. Yes, Samoan islanders have carved out an outsized place in the ultimate American game. But at what cost?”

—S.L. Price, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of Playing Through the Whistle

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