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Winning is the Only Thing: Sports in America since 1945 / Edition 1

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Overview

In Winning Is the Only Thing, Randy Roberts and James Olson take a hard look at the dark side of American sports. The scandals. The role of organized crime. How politicians and businessmen exploit the Olympics. Who gets rich and who goes broke. Why the fitness craze has nothing to do with fitness. And how TV sports czars like Roone Arledge—inventor of the "instant replay"—actually dictate how games are played.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Takes a hard look at the dark side of American sports -- the scandals, the role of organized crime and how TV sports czars actually dictate how games are played.

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Editorial Reviews

History
An important and absorbing book... Scholars, students, and the general adult reading public all have much to gain from it.

— Arthur McClure

Journal of Southern History
Probably the best brief treatment of the culture and business of American sports and the warping influence of television, commercialism, nationalism, and narcissism... An ambitious overview, Winning Is the Only Thing treats politico-cultural themes and a host of other subjects in a book that is clearly aimed at both general and scholarly audiences.

— Lawrence N. Powell

Orlando Sentinel

A provocative essay on sports in America. It provides analyses of a multitude of people and trends, it is a synthesis of the best sports writing and sports history of the last several decades, and it offers insight into this significant part of American culture.

The Nation
Reminds us that while the sports world may be seamier than ever, scandals are nothing new.

— Felicia E. Halpert

History - Arthur McClure

An important and absorbing book... Scholars, students, and the general adult reading public all have much to gain from it.

Journal of Southern History - Lawrence N. Powell

Probably the best brief treatment of the culture and business of American sports and the warping influence of television, commercialism, nationalism, and narcissism... An ambitious overview, Winning Is the Only Thing treats politico-cultural themes and a host of other subjects in a book that is clearly aimed at both general and scholarly audiences.

The Nation - Felicia E. Halpert

Reminds us that while the sports world may be seamier than ever, scandals are nothing new.

Booknews
Roberts (history, Purdue) and Olson (history, Sam Houston State U.) discuss the scandals, politics, business, and cynical power struggles. They include a bibliographical essay, identifying books and journals important to studies of sport in connection with labor, business, race, colleges, television, and American culture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801842405
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1991
  • Series: The American Moment Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,011,385
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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