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

by Murry R. Nelson
     
 

America loves sports. This book examines and details the proof of this fascination seen throughout American society—in our literature, film, and music; our clothing and food; and the iconography of the nation.

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America loves sports. This book examines and details the proof of this fascination seen throughout American society—in our literature, film, and music; our clothing and food; and the iconography of the nation.

Editorial Reviews

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

"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." - Booklist

"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." - Library Journal

"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." - ARBA

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313397523
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/31/2013
Pages:
1573
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 4.80(d)

Meet the Author

Murry R. Nelson, PhD, is professor emeritus of education and American Studies at Penn State University, University Park. He holds a doctorate from Stanford University.

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