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American Sports [4 volumes]: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas

Overview

This momentous four-volume work examines and details the cultural aspects of sport and how sport pervasively reflects—and affects—myriad aspects of American society from the early 1900s to the present day. Written in a straightforward, readable manner, the entries cover both historical and contemporary aspects of sport and American culture. Unlike purely historical encyclopedias on sports, the contributions within these volumes cover related subject matter such as poetry, novels, music, films, plays, television ...

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Overview

This momentous four-volume work examines and details the cultural aspects of sport and how sport pervasively reflects—and affects—myriad aspects of American society from the early 1900s to the present day. Written in a straightforward, readable manner, the entries cover both historical and contemporary aspects of sport and American culture. Unlike purely historical encyclopedias on sports, the contributions within these volumes cover related subject matter such as poetry, novels, music, films, plays, television shows, art and artists, mythologies, artifacts, and people.

While this encyclopedia set is ideal for general readers who need information on the diverse aspects of sport in American culture for research purposes or are merely reading for enjoyment, the detailed nature of the entries will also prove useful as an initial source for scholars of sport and American culture. Each entry provides a number of both print and online resources for further investigation of the topic.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"What is most impressive about the set is the breadth of the entries . . . this reference set that is applicable to contemporary American culture would be of use in school and college libraries."

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ARBA

"More than just a sports history book, this is a valuable compendium of interesting articles on athletes and related subjects that convincingly conveys the importance and ubiquitous nature of sports in American life. It is well-written, well-organized, and well-developed and is ideal for high school students, undergraduates, and general readers interested in the diverse aspects of sports in our culture."

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Library Journal

"An entertaining reference work that will appeal to the casual sports fan as well as high school and college students seeking a beginning point for a sports-related research project."

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Booklist

"Nelson and the volume's many contributors deserve commendation for explaining their criteria and creating an enjoyable collection that casual sports fans will enjoy."

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Choice

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—This well-organized, cross-referenced set includes 480 entries focused on the intersection of American sports and pop culture from the early 20th century to the present. The entries cover topics ranging from great athletes, teams, and sporting events to films, songs such as "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," books, plays such as August Wilson's Fences, and cultural phenomena such as fantasy leagues and soccer moms. The mostly brief entries are accompanied by black-and-white pictures and references to additional articles or books. The writing is usually concise and objective, if somewhat dry. The wide range of topics (entries under the letter "I," for example, include the television series I Spy; the Iditarod race; the football play known as the "Immaculate Reception"; and radio shock jock Don Imus) offers food for thought and makes for a readable work. Though the volume is aimed at high school and college students, browsing sports fans may be its biggest audience.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313397523
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Pages: 1573
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 4.80 (d)

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