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The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad
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The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad

by Robert Elias
 

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The Empire Strikes Out gives us the sweeping story of how baseball and America are intertwined in the export of "the American way." Is the face of American baseball throughout the world that of goodwill ambassador or ugly American? Has baseball crafted its own image or instead been at the mercy of broader forces shaping our society and the

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The Empire Strikes Out gives us the sweeping story of how baseball and America are intertwined in the export of "the American way." Is the face of American baseball throughout the world that of goodwill ambassador or ugly American? Has baseball crafted its own image or instead been at the mercy of broader forces shaping our society and the globe?

Mixing sharp political analysis and compelling baseball lore, here is an eye-opening look at baseball's relationship to American empire, from the Revolutionary era to the present day. The Empire Strikes Out describes baseball's role in expanding American empire, first at home and then beyond our shores. And from Albert Spalding and baseball's first World Tour to Bud Selig and the World Baseball Classic, we witness the globalization of America's national pastime and baseball's role in spreading the American dream.

Beyond describing baseball's frequent and often surprising connections to America's presence around the world, Robert Elias assesses the effects of this relationship both on our foreign policies and on the sport itself—asking whether baseball can play a positive role rather than merely reinforcing America's dominance around the globe. In a narrative driven by compelling stories, unusual events, and unique individuals, The Empire Strikes Out seamlessly integrates original research and compelling analysis into a baseball book that's about much more than just sports.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595581952
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
02/09/2010
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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