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Published on: February 5, 2016
Culture in America
The Meaning of the Super Bowl

In the age of drones, football is war between individual men.

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a member of the TAI Editorial Board. He is the author of The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball and What They See When They Do, from which parts of this essay are adapted. His new book, Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era, will be published in April.
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