Playing Tough: The World of Sports and Politics [NOOK Book]

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Playing Tough is an entertaining and thoroughly enlightening look at the unique and surprisingly outsized role that sports have played in politics and history. Ever since the bread and circuses of Rome, sports have been used as a tool to entertain the masses and to instill civic pride. Abrams shows both the positive and the negative ways in which sports and politics have coalesced, from the rabid nationalism of the 1936 Nazi Olympics, the political grudge match of the Louis and Schmeling fights, and the “futbol ...

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Playing Tough: The World of Sports and Politics

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Overview

Playing Tough is an entertaining and thoroughly enlightening look at the unique and surprisingly outsized role that sports have played in politics and history. Ever since the bread and circuses of Rome, sports have been used as a tool to entertain the masses and to instill civic pride. Abrams shows both the positive and the negative ways in which sports and politics have coalesced, from the rabid nationalism of the 1936 Nazi Olympics, the political grudge match of the Louis and Schmeling fights, and the “futbol war” between Honduras and Costa Rica to the inspiring stories of South Africa’s rugby nation-building and Muhammad Ali’s brave antiwar stance, which nearly cost him his career. Abrams is an informed and impassioned writer who chronicles the profoundly creative and destructive influence that sports have on the political life of our nation and the world.

This book will be of interest to any and all sports and politics enthusiasts and is a wonderful introduction for course creation and adoption.

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“Each chapter tells a distinct, compelling story of the relationship between sports and politics, and the whole strips away any illusion that sports can exist without political implications. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555538156
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 276
  • File size: 760 KB

Meet the Author

ROGER I. ABRAMS is Richardson Professor of Law at Northeastern University. A leader in the field of sports law, he is the author of Sports Justice: The Law and the Business of Sports; Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law; and The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Sports and Politics
Early Baseball and the Urban Political Machine
The Nazi Olympic Triumph
The War of the World: Joe Louis v. Max Schmeling
The "Futbol War" of Central America
Muhammad Ali and the Symbols of Politics
Olympic Boycotts and International Relations
Sports and South African Liberation
Hardball in City Hall: Public Financing of Sports Stadiums
Conclusion
Notes on Sources
Bibliography
Index
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