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Feature Wed Aug 25 2010

What We're Reading: Tor! The Story of German Football

What We're Reading is a weekly column that asks Chicagoans about the books they're currently enjoying (or not).


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tor1.jpgWhat are you reading?
Tor! The Story of German Football, by Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger

What's it about (in 20 words or less)?
How soccer got its many different starts in Germany and what's so great about it now.

What drew you to this book?
I picked it up because my dad recommended it, but I'm still reading because sports don't mean this much or have such an crazy history in America. The Cubs never had to finagle their team back into existence against uninterested, occupying governments.

What kind of person would you recommend it to?
Someone with a serious World Cup hangover.

Who's your favorite author right now?
Er, um, does Hamilton Nolan count? I'm ashamed to say I never miss his recessionomics column, The Way We Live Now.

What's your favorite place to read in Chicago or its environs?
It's actually a lot of fun to read on the river walk, despite the noise and smells and lots of people.

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