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The Tour de France: A Cultural History / Edition 2

The Tour de France: A Cultural History / Edition 2

by Christopher S. Thompson


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The Tour de France: A Cultural History / Edition 2

In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the culture surrounding the event-including posters, songs, novels, films, and media coverage-Thompson links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. Examining the enduring popularity of Tour racers, Thompson explores how their public images have changed over the past century. A new preface explores the long-standing problem of doping in light of recent scandals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520256309
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/07/2008
Edition description: Updated with a New Preface
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 614,427
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Christopher S. Thompson is Associate Professor of History at Ball State University.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2008 Edition     vii
Acknowledgments     xxiii
Introduction     1
La Grande Boucle: Cycling, Progress, and Modernity     7
Itineraries, Narratives, and Identities     51
The Geants de la Route: Gender and Heroism     95
L'Auto's Ouvriers de la Pedale: Work, Class, and the Tour de France, 1903-1939     141
The Forcats de la Route: Exploits, Exploitation, and the Politics of Athletic Excess, 1903-1939     180
What Price Heroism? Work, Sport, and Drugs in Postwar France     215
Epilogue     256
Racers' Occupations     267
Notes     269
Bibliography     345
Index     363

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"There are several books to tell you who first won the yellow jersey or the identity of the youngest post-war winner of the Tour de France, the kind you might receive as a gift. This is sort of book you'd buy for yourself."—//
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"This book is filled fascinating material. . . . Thompson has made a great deal of sense out of this complicated story."—Podium Cafe

"A comprehensive history of France from the race's inception, long before Greg LeMond or Lance Armstrong were born."—The Bike Blog-Albany Times Union

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