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The meaning of sports : why Americans watch baseball, football, and basketball, and what they see when they do

Author: Michael Mandelbaum
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Describes how the origins and development of the three major professional team sports in the United States have reflected human psychological needs and social and economic changes in the United States.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mandelbaum
ISBN: 1586482521 9781586482527 1586483307 9781586483302
OCLC Number: 55539339
Description: xviii, 332 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1: A variety of religious experience --
A modern creation --
Diversion and clarity --
Shining examples --
The rise of team sports --
The Atlantic Gulf --
2: Baseball: the remembrance of things past --
The traditional game --
The individual's game --
The golden age --
Artists and scientists --
The silver age --
3: Football: the spectacle of violence --
The industrial game --
The war game --
The college game --
The coach's game --
The golden age --
4: Basketball: the chemistry of teamwork --
The post-industrial game --
The generic game --
The latecomer --
The grass roots --
The golden age --
The future of sports.
Responsibility: Michael Mandelbaum.

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One thinking fan explains to other sports fans and non-fans alike just what it is that draws us to America's most popular sports  Read more...

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"Not only fascinating but enormously entertaining. A knowledgeable sports fan will learn more than a thing or two. I'm one and I did. The non-sports fan will discover just why sports are woven so Read more...

 
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