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About the Author

Daniel J. Flynn is the author of numerous books, including Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America (2011). He writes regularly for the American Spectator and blogs at flynnfiles.com. He lives with his wife and children in Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621571556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621571551
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris on December 4, 2013
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I'm an average sports enthusiast, maybe a little less so compared to most of my demographic. I watch the important football games - whatever is on during Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl, and whenever it's convenient for me to watch the hometown team. I'm not the type to purchase a sports book, much less write a review about one. When I heard about this book, it sounded so far out of my reading zone of interest that I thought I absolutely must read it and am glad I did.

I loved this book because it spoke to American lessons, values, and history and used football to do it. I think folks who are sports fanatics will appreciate it because of the not-so-widely-known facts and details Flynn presents. I think folks who aren't fanatics will also appreciate it because it's in plain English and tells an excellent story that can be understood without getting inundated with football stats. Best of all, it’s about more than football.

Flynn did an impressive job telling the story of America’s game and shedding light on the dangers of misinformation and ill-informed (or even intentionally misleading?) media and academic proclamation. He clearly conducted extensive research to make this book what is essentially an exposé on the industry that profits from the football industry. It’s a fun, quick, and informative read for all audiences.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Motown on March 25, 2014
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The book arrived on time and in the condition promised. It is an eye-opening story about how the dangers from American football have been over-hyped by the media. It is an absolute must read for football coaches at high school and youth league levels as well as any parent who has children that want to play football. Well written and fact filled, it offers a surprisingly easy read. Highly recommended.
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27 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jeannette on August 16, 2013
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A very educational book for football fans and critics alike. Flynn does a great job of blending football history, Medical facts, and plain common sense, to paint a clear picture of 'the War' on American football. A truly great read!
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And so the backlash against the emerging science begins. Give me a break. Suuuure doctors researching concussions speak out so they can have more customers. Of course! The money made by people who don't ever touch a football in the NFL couldn't be at ALL corrupting. I worked for a neurologist 20 years ago, and he said then, the research will be done eventually, but I don't need a study to tell me that I don't want my kid to have repeated concussions. He said that even small concussions, unnoticed, are harmful. When the head of a child (disproportionately larger than their body) slams against the ground or player or object, making the soft tissue of the brain concuss against the skull, interrupting the neural circuitry that is the basis of our thinking process, this is never good. The argument that other sports are as bad or worse is disingenuous. No one is saying that injuries don't happen elsewhere. But that is not the discussion. Football is the #1 sport in this country.

When the brain is concussed, damage is done to your child's mind and it takes time for the brain to recover. Is your child crabby because they are tired, or because they can't think straight? Injuries happen, risk is part of life. But do you want to send kids out to hit their heads intentionally, over and over, in play and training, in a manner so unlike other sports? Do you want to spend your own money (tax dollars) to fund this at our universities, where the corrupting influence of money has made our universities free farm teams for the hugely profitable NFL? Football is not the only sport or activity where "school spirit" and all the other benefits touted by football defenders can take place. Football is not a sacred thing, but many seem to think so.

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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DC Barroco on November 12, 2013
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Daniel Flynn's War on Football uses science, history, social relations and case studies to defend the ever evolving American sport. Flynn surveys the sport at various skill levels to discern the truth about football.

Rule changes and better equipment have made football a significantly safer sport, so critics haved keyed in on concussions. Flynn called into question the junk science that is behind the unproven assumptions that football leads to CTE. In fact, cheerleaders are more prone to concussions than football players.

Nanny State nabobs seek to protect their precious minors from what they deem as the "modern gladiator sport". Buying into this hysteria would kill football by attrition (as it is a young person's sport) while it would also forgo nurturing virtues of teamwork, precision, and self sacrifice which is desperately needed traits in youth today.

Although Flynn's presentation is fair, his perspective is pointed, but it is backed up by 50 pages of footnotes. I appreciated the cynical asides peppered throughout the book questioning junk science or the tongue in cheek critique on litigators: "They don't teach physics in law school." Flynn had so won me over that I was rooting for a blowout at the end instead of the more restrained conclusion that: "Football is good for you. Play. Watch. Cheer."
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