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First played in the country in 1909, today organized American football in France encompasses over 215 teams with more than 22,000 active players. "Le Football" tackles the struggles and successes of American football in France and discusses how, unlike other sports, football has never been an overt instrument of American cultural influence. Instead, the modern, homegrown sport has developed largely independent of American encouragement into its own small but successful culture.
Tennis' gladiatorial beauty, stylish dueling, and fashionable court-wear make it a romantic's dream. But beyond the romance, tennis has also always been a barometer of the times. "Love Game" tells the story of tennis' journey from upper-middle-class hobby to global TV spectacle, taking in the innovators and trendsetters, the great players, heroes, and iconoclasts, and the politics, class wars, and culture clashes of the "beautiful game."
Renowned "New York Times" columnist Rhoden deconstructs the black athlete in this explosive and absorbing discussion of race, politics, and the history of American sports. He argues that for all their money and fame, black athletes are no better off than slaves whose masters forced them to race and fight.
The racehorse Seabiscuit is one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Over four years, three unlikely partners--Seabiscuit's owner, trainer, and jockey--survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform the horse from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.
In contemporary North America, figure skating ranks among the most "feminine" of sports, and few boys take it up. Yet figure skating was once an exclusively male pastime--only in the 1930s did it begin to acquire its feminine image. "Artistic Impressions" traces figure skating's striking transformation from gentlemen's art to girls' sport. Adams shows how ideas about sport, gender, and sexuality have combined to limit the forms of physical expression available to men.
In this history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Thompson tells the story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. He links the Tour to key moments and themes in French history, arguing that it has been instrumental in French attempts to grapple with the great challenges of the twentieth century. Examining the enduring popularity of Tour racers, Thompson also explores doping and how racers' public images have changed.
For millions of people around the world, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games are a high point of the year. In this history, which begins with the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896, Goldblatt covers the grand traditions, popular events, and iconic athletes. He also digs deeper into social, political, and economic issues, such as how women fought for inclusion, how World War II led to the Paralympics, and the financial repercussions for host cities.
Following the 1957 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants moved west to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Those events have been seen as betrayals committed by greedy owners, but "Baseball Goes West" argues for a different view--namely, that the moves, second only to Jackie Robinson's debut in 1947, forged Major League Baseball (MLB) as it is today. By moving two famous teams, MLB increased its national profile, broadened its fan base, and impacted not just baseball, but all of American culture.
"Shattering the Glass" offers a chronicle of women's basketball in the United States from its invention in the late nineteenth century to its dominant position in sports today. Offering portraits of forgotten heroes and contemporary stars, it also explores the sport's relationship to changing ideas of womanhood, efforts to expand women's economic and political rights, and definitions of sexual equality.
Every sport has been shaped by, and has shaped, the culture of which it is a part. Yet, for all their differences, sports throughout the ages have exhibited many common characteristics. "Sports: The First Five Millennia" traces the evolution of sports across continents, cultures, and historical epochs to present a single comprehensive narrative of the world's sports.
"This is Your Brain on Sports" is the book for sports fans searching for a deeper understanding of the games they watch and the people who play them. Wertheim and Sommers take readers on a wild ride into the inner world of sports, using behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology to reveal the hidden influences and surprising cues that inspire and derail us--on the field, in the stands, and in our work and personal lives.
This volume addresses a range of philosophical and ethical issues in the engagement of persons with dis/abilities in a range of physical activity contexts including, but not exclusively, mainstream sporting activities.