Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyAmerican poet and former amateur soccer player Merrill's guide to teams, strategies and spectators. (Sept.)
Library JournalGiven that 1994 marks the first appearance of World Cup soccer on American soil, Merrill ( Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature , LJ 6/15/91) here aims to provide ``color commentary'' and some instruction on how the game is played. He offers soft-pedaled comments on soccer rules and strategies, as well as quotes from and references to literature. This book is not for the uninitiated spectator, instead providing a look at the passions the game evokes. For a better overview, librarians should first consider Ted Cook's The Spectator's Guide to Soccer ( LJ 2/15/90). If instruction is needed, consult Mark Catlin's The Art of Soccer: A Better Way To Play ( LJ 9/1/90), or Caroline Arnold's Soccer: From Neighborhood Play to the World Cup (Watts, 1991). Merrill's book is suitable for large sports collections.-- Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
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