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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (95 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Queenan Narrator: Joe Queenan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9781593973032
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Bestselling author Queenan explores the world of sports fans in an attempt to understand the inexplicable: What does anyone get out of it?

For Yankee, Cowboy, and Laker fans the answer is fairly clear: the return on investment is relatively high. But why do people root so passionately for tragically inept squads like the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies? Why do people organize their emotional lives around lackluster franchises such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Diego Padres, and the Phoenix Suns, none of whom have ever won a single championship in their entire history? Is it pure tribalism? An attempt to maintain contact with one's vanished childhood?

In True Believers, humorist and lifelong Philly fan Joe Queenan answers these and many other questions, shedding light on--and reveling in--the culture and psychology of his countless fellow fans. Making pilgrimages to such cradles of competition as Notre Dame Stadium, Fenway, and Wrigley Field, Queenan delves into every aspect of fandom in such illuminating chapters as Fans Who Love Too Much (men, like the author, who actually resort to psychotherapy to deal with their unhealthy addiction), Fans Who Run in Front (the dreaded front runners), and Fans Who Misbehave (of the beer-spilling, mooning, and food-throwing varieties).

True Believers is a hilarious but also heartfelt look into the world of those fans who realize that it is, in fact, more than just a game.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Buske | 11/1/2013

    " A hilarious book on sports in general and specifically, in America. I had previously read "White Trash, Red Lobster & The Blue Lagoon" and really enjoyed that too. Queenan is a clever and witty observer of American culture. Many of his observations had me howling with laughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/9/2012

    " Anyone who is an extreme sports fan and an extreme cynic will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/22/2012

    " A great, rambling, endlessly clever and quotable manifesto on sports and the pleasure in a love that is so often based on abject hatred. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 10/26/2011

    " Fantastic book recommended by a friend. I laughed out loud early and often while reading this book. If you enjoy sports at all, this book is worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Remy Lebeau | 8/31/2010

    " I think this is my favorite book, it's about male sports addiction. It's very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 8/26/2010

    " I laughed, I felt his pain and absolutely LOVED this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/1/2009

    " Sports obsession BEFORE blogs and message boards. I'm sure fans have become more level-headed in recent years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/16/2009

    " Anyone who is an extreme sports fan and an extreme cynic will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 3/12/2009

    " I laughed, I felt his pain and absolutely LOVED this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/5/2008

    " Fantastic book recommended by a friend. I laughed out loud early and often while reading this book. If you enjoy sports at all, this book is worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/1/2007

    " A great, rambling, endlessly clever and quotable manifesto on sports and the pleasure in a love that is so often based on abject hatred. "

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About the Author
Author Joe Queenan

Joe Queenan is the author of the books Confessions of a Cineplex Heckler, True Believers, and If You’re Talking to Me, Your Career Must Be in Trouble, among others. A regular contributor to the New York Times, his writing has also been featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Esquire, People, Forbes, and Rolling Stone, to name a few. He is a frequent guest on network talk shows and has hosted radio programs for the BBC. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.