A People's History of Sports in the United States

Dave Zirin, Author . New Press $26.95 (302p) ISBN 978-1-59558-100-6

Zirin (What's My Name, Fool! ), writer of a politically minded online sports column, examines the intersection of sports and politics, chronicling the struggles of America's oppressed, starting with Choctaws playing lacrosse and slaves in the South, and reaching all the way to a critique of Michael Jordan as an apolitical athlete. There are many worthy and deserving stories of courage and conscience in this vast canvas; however, the telling suffers from Zirin's term paper–like prose that relies far too much on overly long quotes from source material. For example, three pages about NFL player Dave Meggyesy has a short introductory paragraph by Zirin and then excerpts Meggyesy's autobiography for the bulk of the section. This book would have been more engaging and logically organized as a reference book with entries on each athlete or group, rather than a linear historical narrative of sports. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 06/16/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 302 pages - 978-1-59558-477-9
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