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From the PublisherOriard's thesis is refreshingly original.
A well-researched, fascinating ride through football history that will be enjoyed by scholars and fans alike.
Michael Oriard's important book is a welcome, extremely insightful cultural history of football's early decades.
American Historical Review
[A] careful, fascinating study of football's emerging importance at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth.
Journal of Southern History
Reading Football is a playbook to understanding America.
Robert Lipsyte, sports columnist for The New York Times