Jewish Sports Stars (2nd Revised Edition): Athletic Heroes Past and Present by David J. Goldman, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Jewish Sports Stars (2nd Revised Edition): Athletic Heroes Past and Present

Jewish Sports Stars (2nd Revised Edition): Athletic Heroes Past and Present

by David J. Goldman
     
 

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Revised edition! Teeming with intriguing facts, statistics and historical anecdotes, this revised and updated edition of Jewish Sports Stars reveals the achievements of Jewish star athletes past and present.

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Revised edition! Teeming with intriguing facts, statistics and historical anecdotes, this revised and updated edition of Jewish Sports Stars reveals the achievements of Jewish star athletes past and present.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
This is the skinny book of Jewish sports stars that Jews joke about. This revision includes some younger athletes who may be instantly recognizable to readers, particularly recent Olympic stars like skaters Sasha Cohen and Sarah and Emily Hughes, and gymnast Aly Raisman. As a collective biography, this book fails because it is poorly organized. Initially, you might think that this is a book exclusively about American athletes. Then, at the end of the book, when author Goldman runs out of tennis stars to list, he adds two Israeli players. With that addition, why is the entire 1972 Israeli Olympic wrestling team, massacred by terrorists, not listed but given only a passing mention in the larger entry on multi-medaled swimmer, Mark Spitz? Additionally, what criteria is the author using to identify athletes as Jewish? Only with the older athletes, specifically baseball players and boxers, does the author actually connect the athlete to Judaism. By the author's own admission, boxer Max Bear was the son of a non-Jewish mother and a questionably Jewish father. Was he actually Jewish and a candidate for this book? Swimmer Dara Torres, daughter of a Jewish father, converted to Judaism which adds an interesting dimension to her story, but that is not mentioned. It seems that baseball and boxing, the sports of the urban landscape, are author Goldman's favorites and he documents Hank Greemberg, Sandy Koufax, and Barney Ross in detail. Male sports figures dominate, so perhaps Title IX is just an illusion? While the blurb claims the book is "packed with statistics," the statistics are trivia within the context of the entries and not organized into tables or graphs. It's a shame that the author, in revising his book, didn't expand it to tell the real story of the worldwide growth of Jewish athleticism. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467712064
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
420,734
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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