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

“Rob Ruck has another winner, but this one takes us on one of the most interesting journeys. Tropic of Football is a written documentary of how American Samao has developed into such an important asset to college football and the NFL. Thanks to Rob’s always thorough research, he details the development of families who have given us late Hall of Famer Junior Seau, future Hall of Famer Troy Polamaula and great players such as Marcus Mariota and others. The hard work and struggles are so well detailed.”

—John Clayton, Senior Writer, ESPN.COM

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