From the Publisher
"This set provides an excellent overview of sports, with the major focus on the last century. . . . The text does a fine job of giving attention to each sport equal to the attention that sport received during a particular era. The book does a superb job on the role that sports play in American culture, and on the connection between sport and societal topics, e.g., ethnicity, race, media, law, politics, and scandals. . . . This encyclopedia is an exceptional resource for public and academic libraries." - Choice
"Bottom Line: Written for general readers, this set could easily fill a niche in middle school and high school libraries, as well as public libraries, particularly where research on sports history is a popular topic. Nelson's work does not replace general sports encyclopedias, but it makes a nice complement to sports information collections. Recommended for middle school, high school, and public libraries; these libraries might also want a copy for their circulating collections.' " - Library Journal
"Nelson (emeritus, education and American studies, Pennsylvania State U.) and 19 contributors offer a variety of insights and perspectives on the function of sports in American history and how historical events affected sports. The two-volume reference begins with the America's colonial years and continues to the present, from horse racing to stock car racing and snowboarding. While the book contains a substantial amount of data, it is typically set in context of the society and culture of the period. For that reason, it also reflects the characteristics and nature of American society and its admirable and less than admirable traits. The book has a scholarly style, but is intended for the general reader." - Reference & Research Book News
"The editor and contributors offer a clear and useful overview of sports in American culture, aimed at general readers and students from high school through the lower-level undergraduate level. Recommended for public and school libraries." - Booklist
Nelson (education & American studies, Penn State Univ.) presents a work tracing the history of sports in America from the Colonial era through about 2007. Divided by period, the 13 chapters are written by sports experts and begin with an overview of the period before covering the most popular team sports of that time. The chapters range in length from 35 to 45 pages and place sports in historical context, discussing the social and political forces and events that influenced the sports world. Horse racing, billiards, basketball, football, cycling, bowling, sports broadcasting, hockey, golf, baseball, and NASCAR count among the diverse topics. Inserts provide information on important figures, events, and technologies. Only a few black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. Compensating for that drawback are the time line at the beginning of Volume 1, the "Recommended Resources" at the end of each chapter, and the "Resource Guide" at the end of Volume 2, all of which add student appeal.
Rosanne M. Cordell