Richard Crepeau

Richard Crepeau is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Central Florida where he taught courses in Sport History and 20th Century American History. He has written extensively in Sport History including books on Major League Baseball and the National Football League. He has written articles in academic publications and newspapers, and has been writing a column for the Sport Literature Association for 25 years which now also appears in the Huffington Post.

He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia in the 1960s and maintained an interest in African history and culture. He is a past president of the North American Society for Sport History, has served on the editorial board, and has been a book reviewer for Arete: The Journal of Sport Literature and The Journal of Sport History. He has been submissions reviewer for The Journal of Sport History and Nine: The Journal of Baseball History and Culture. He also served as a reviewer of both fiction and nonfiction for The Orlando Sentinel. His most recent book is NFL Football: A History of America’s New National Pastime.

His university teaching career beyond the University of Central Florida include assignments in Russia and England, and as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in several Russian universities.  

Book Reviews by Richard Crepeau

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“In 2014, Roger Angell was in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame to receive the J. G.

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“One can only imagine what the publication of Commander in Cheat will produce on the president’s Twitter feed.

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“Little Boy will delight you again and again. It is rich and playful poetry disguised as a novel, and it is pure Ferlinghetti.”

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“a novel of considerable power that explores identity at the personal, social, and national level. It also has the elements of a mystery.

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“In Breaking Barriers, Stark has taken on an important chapter in American Sport and in the history of desegregation in America.”

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“should be treasured by baseball historians and students of international relations, as well as, anyone interested in baseball, Cuba, and American foreign policy.”

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“this is a book that has much to commend it and little to criticize. It is built on meticulous research and a strong overall conception of the significance of the subject.”

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“This is an engaging tale full of humor, pathos, and disgusting human behavior with important insights into contemporary problems.”

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“Pomerantz has created a fascinating and sympathetic portrait of a superstar athlete whose human sensitivities are on display and whose complexities are laid bare.”

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“a very accomplished piece of sport history and a very good read for any fan of the game.”

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“Gods of Wood and Stone [is] a very strong novel and powerful critique of contemporary life and culture.”     

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With the publication of Chinua Achebe’s remarkable novel, Things Fall Apart, in 1958, the English speaking world was introduced to Nigerian literature.

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Given the title, The Pitcher and the Dictator, it would seem that this is a book about Satchel Paige and the legendary short season that he played in the Dominican Republic while in the em

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“If you have any interest in Tiger Woods, golf, or the culture of celebrity and heroism, this volume will be worth your while.”     

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This collection of short pieces by the British writer Martin Amis takes you into a wide range of his nonfiction work.

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As is suggested in the subtitle of Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh mounts an argument that the rise to prominence of the New York Football Giants between 1956 and 1963 produced two signif

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Three of the most recognized letters in sport today are CTE, representing the brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Dr.

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In the first two decades of the 20th century in the United States, the national mood changed radically from one of heady optimism to dissolution.

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“the meaning of sports has been changed by technoscience, and in the next century, change is likely to accelerate.”

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It has been 20 years since the publication of Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize Winning first novel, The God of Small Things.

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For Detroit Tigers fans and for baseball fans in general, Hank Greenberg is remembered as one of the greatest players in Tigers history.

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For those who lived through the sixties, this account of some of the major events and people of the decade is certain to resonate.

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“Coover’s Huck Out West stands alongside Twain’s original as a worthy companion to that of the master storyteller of the 19th century.”

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“a compelling story conveying a powerful social and cultural critique along with a marvelous portrait of the beauties and wonders of Kenya . . .”

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Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 transformed women’s sports in America and is now a familiar historical marker.

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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.