The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball and What They See When They Do / Edition 1

The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball and What They See When They Do / Edition 1

by Michael Mandelbaum
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586483307

ISBN-13: 9781586483302

Pub. Date: 05/09/2005

Publisher: PublicAffairs


In The Meaning of Sports, Michael Mandelbaum, a sports fan who is also one of the nation's preeminent foreign policy thinkers, examines America's century-long love affair with team sports. In keeping with his reputation for writing about big ideas in an illuminating and graceful way, he shows how sports respond to deep human needs; describes the ways in

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In The Meaning of Sports, Michael Mandelbaum, a sports fan who is also one of the nation's preeminent foreign policy thinkers, examines America's century-long love affair with team sports. In keeping with his reputation for writing about big ideas in an illuminating and graceful way, he shows how sports respond to deep human needs; describes the ways in which baseball, football and basketball became national institutions and how they reached their present forms; and covers the evolution of rules, the rise and fall of the most successful teams, and the historical significance of the most famous and influential figures such as Babe Ruth, Vince Lombardi, and Michael Jordan.

Whether he is writing about baseball as the agrarian game, football as similar to warfare, basketball as the embodiment of post-industrial society, or the moral havoc created by baseball's designated hitter rule, Mandelbaum applies the full force of his learning and wit to subjects about which so many Americans care passionately: the games they played in their youth and continue to follow as adults. By offering a fresh and unconventional perspective on these games, The Meaning of Sports makes for fascinating and rewarding reading both for fans and newcomers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586483302
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
05/09/2005
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
643,903
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.22(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsXI
IntroductionXIII
Chapter 1A Variety of Religious Experience1
A Modern Creation1
Diversion and Clarity4
Shining Examples10
The Rise of Team Sports16
The Atlantic Gulf26
Chapter 2Baseball: The Remembrance of Things Past40
The Traditional Game40
The Individual's Game54
The Golden Age63
Artists and Scientists81
The Silver Age93
Chapter 3Football: The Spectacle of Violence119
The Industrial Game119
The War Game128
The College Game143
The Coach's Game163
The Golden Age175
Chapter 4Basketball: The Chemistry of Teamwork199
The Post-Industrial Game199
The Generic Game207
The Latecomer216
The Grass Roots237
The Golden Age249
Conclusion: The Future of Sports272
Notes285
Index321

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