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KLIATTAre professional sports truly the "windows of societal change"? Do the NBA and the PGA serve as patterns for desegregation in the United States? According to Larry Platt, today's sports heroes-Latrell Sprewell, Tiger Woods, John McEnroe, and Magic Johnson are among those featured-are more than just athletes: they are ambassadors of social, economic, and political reform. In the introduction to New Jack Jocks, Platt sets the tone for the book. His views on the "color-blindness of sports" and the professional athlete as a "symbol of capitalism" are established early in the work. Platt's views have an angry tone. He focuses on why he feels professional sports and their emphasis on talent and skill as determining factors for success rather than race or political affiliation are models Americans can use to progress in the areas of race relations and social harmony. While New Jack Jocks has no index, the multicultural themes of the book are found throughout and would make the work an effective tool in African American history, sociology, psychology, and English (sports literature) courses. Save for the introduction, New Jack Jocks is written in a readable style for a variety of ages and audiences. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Temple Univ. Press, 194p., Ages 15 to adult.
— Tom Adamich