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

“Deftly weaving together strands of history, religion, with colonialism, Ruck shows us how Samoans used football to build a transnational brand, while fending off the discontents of 21st century global currents. The NFL may be where we see Samoan excellence, but Rob Ruck shows us the DNA that makes for their dominance: family, warrior toughness, a local sporting system built on excellence, and a work ethic to beat the band. In Rob Ruck’s examination of Samoan football, we see a master historian at work- not romanticizing, or essentializing sporting excellence.”

—Alan Klein

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