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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:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mandelbaum
ISBN: 1586483307 9781586483302
OCLC Number: 60607757
Description: xviii, 352 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1: Variety Of Religious Experience --
Modern creation --
Diversion and clarity --
Shining examples --
Rise of team sports --
Atlantic Gulf --
2: Baseball: The Remembrance Of Things Past --
Traditional game --
Individual's game --
Golden age --
Artists and scientists --
Silver age --
3: Football: The Spectacle Of Violence --
Industrial game --
War game --
College game --
Coach's game --
Golden age --
4: Basketball: The Chemistry Of Teamwork --
Post-industrial game --
Generic game --
Latecomer --
Grass roots --
Golden age --
Conclusion: Future of sports --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Michael Mandelbaum.

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