David Foster Wallace, a competitive tennis player in his youth, once wrote that “Top athletes are compelling because they embody the comparison-based achievement we Americans revere—fastest
“an exceptionally good book. . . . Violated may be the honest portrayal of the seedy side of the college experience.”
Great academic philosophers love to write about sports. It gives them an opportunity to opine about issues that average people care about. Why must you follow the rules of the game?
“James Blake’s book reminds us to keep our country’s ideals alive in the face of the clear and present political danger that confronts us.”
"Tom Verducci. . . has written one of the best books on baseball in recent years."
“the meaning of sports has been changed by technoscience, and in the next century, change is likely to accelerate.”
Baseball has served a distinctive slice of the American social experience for over 170 years. It has been the subject of countless fiction and nonfiction books, movies, plays, and music.
“Off Speed is very much like the perfect game it describes: a true gem.”
For Detroit Tigers fans and for baseball fans in general, Hank Greenberg is remembered as one of the greatest players in Tigers history.
For those who lived through the sixties, this account of some of the major events and people of the decade is certain to resonate.
Brian Kenny’s book, Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution, borders on heresy.
“an amazing true story that is told with immeasurable depth and compassion . . . an extraordinary glimpse . . .”
Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 transformed women’s sports in America and is now a familiar historical marker.
Charles “Sonny” Liston, former heavyweight champion turned drug dealer, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on January 5, 1971.
The current controversy over the name “Redskins” and the reputation of team owner Dan Snyder seem to be a natural legacy of the team founder and owner George Preston Marshall.
One definition of heroine, according to my dictionary is “a woman who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.” Note the word brave; it is crucial.
Playing Through the Whistle captures the story of Aliquippa, a small city of just over 9,000 people in western Pennsylvania, not far from Pittsburgh.
It is understandable that the public focuses on the exploits of our football heroes both in the professional and college ranks. These young athletes perform boundless feats on the fields of play.
Every once in a while, every American needs to pick up and read a book like Fire in My Eyes: An American’s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to a Gold Medal Victory by
“Burton and O’Reilly have an important book to write, but this was not it.”
Who Shot Sports is an engrossing photo exhibition between covers that more than proves the truism that a picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words.
Renowned sportswriter David Goldblatt’s encyclopedic history of the Olympic Games is a timely and impressively expansive view of arguably the world’s most beloved sporting event, as he chronicles t
Jeff Passan, a baseball columnist at Yahoo! Sports, set out to write a baseball book that he hoped “could help a lot of people.” He categorically succeeded.
Neil Leifer discovered "a camera could be my ticket to everywhere. A kind of magic carpet . . . to anyplace I wanted to go." That camera took him to fascinating places.
Writing about sports, in particular about the historical pathways of baseball, is a favorite pastime of academics.