Culture in America
The Meaning of the Super Bowl

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

Published on: February 5, 2016
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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