Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America


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Harper Paperbacks
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Diane Roberts is co-founder and conference speaker for Pure Desires Ministries International. She was women's ministry director/pastor and counselor at East Hill Church for more than twenty years. Author of Betrayed Heart and Accept No Substitutes, and contributing author of Pure Desire, Diane is a sought-after speaker who addresses issues of healthy sexuality and sexual addiction.


"Tribal is a lover's quarrel with college football so raucous, so entertainingly appalled, and so wise that it goes down as easily as a shot of bourbon from a smuggled flask on a Saturday afternoon in the fall."--Will Blythe, New York Times bestselling author of To Hate Like This is to Be Happy Forever
"In Diane Roberts's deft hands, football is never just a game-it's a mirror of American attitudes toward gender, class, and especially race. Roberts is a brilliant cultural critic and a dream of a writer, and Tribal is not only timely-it's necessary reading."--Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove
"People who have decided to read one book having to do with college football should choose Tribal. Roberts presents the attractions of the game as well as the recognition that college football as practiced at Florida State and places like it is indefensible-part 'beloved tradition, ' part 'corporate enterprise."--Boston Globe
"Those experiences were no doubt the germ of Tribal which exudes Roberts' satirical Southern sensibility and way of wrapping hard truths in a droll, frequently bawdy and baroque kind of humor that can combine TMZ tabloid shock and Faulknerian literary awe in the same paragraph."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"[Tribal] affords an explanation of one of the most profound puzzles of today's college-sports scene: why the NCAA colossus has not only secured the American psyche in a stranglehold but continues to tighten its grip."--BookForum
"Diane Roberts is a wonder. She's a surpassingly insightful writer and is as funny as a stand-up comic. Her book Tribal, on college football and far more, is a sui generis masterpiece."--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
"Diane Roberts is irresistible, the Molly Ivins of Florida, and Tribal is essential to understanding the dynamics of American culture. Tribal isn't just a good book, it's a great one-and hilarious to boot."--Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of Easy in the Islands
"A gifted writer, [Roberts] is rightly outraged by the sport and her school's links with some of the uglier aspects of American life, but she truly adores the 'Noles. Most readers will share her ambivalence while thoroughly enjoying her take on a troubled sport."--Booklist (starred review)
"...a penetrating examination of how and why football has infiltrated our system of higher education..."--Salon