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More than just a game : sports in American life since 1945

Author: Kathryn Jay
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2004.
Series: Columbia histories of modern American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Every aspect of the sporting world has exploded in the years since 1945. Player salaries, the cost of fielding a team, the hype surrounding games, the number of cameras on the sidelines, the corporate sponsorships, the level of drug use, the number of women and African Americans participating, the global reach of games: all of these have contributed to a shift in the way Americans perceive the meaning of sports.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Jay
ISBN: 0231125348 9780231125345 0231125356 9780231125352
OCLC Number: 54503879
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Description: x, 287 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Sports, the American way --
An athletic cold war --
A brave new world --
Making sense of the sixties --
Walking the picket line and fighting for rights --
Competing on the open market --
High-priced heroes go global.
Series Title: Columbia histories of modern American life.
Responsibility: Kathryn Jay.

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This book examines major sports, both professional and intercollegiate, from baseball, football, and basketball to golf, tennis, stock car racing, and extreme sports, to explain how sports became a  Read more...

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Jay's exciting-sometimes breathless-commentary on the evolution of sports in late 20th-century America touches all the bases, scoring point after point with her lucid insights and evocative prose. Read more...

 
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