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Playing Tough : The World of Sports and Politics

ISBN: 9781555537531 | 1555537537
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ Pr of New England
Pub. Date: 5/14/2013

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Playing Tough is an entertaining and thoroughly enlightening look at the unique and surprisingly outsized role that sports have played in politics and history. From the bread and circuses of Rome to the unsavory connections between professional sports and city governments, sports have always been used as a tool to entertain the masses and to instill civic pride. Abrams shows both the positive and negative ways in which sports and politics have coalesced, from the rabid nationalism of the 1936 Nazi Olympics, the political grudge match of the Louis and Schmeling fights, and the "futbol war" between Honduras and Costa Rica, to the inspiring stories of South Africa's rugby nation-building and Muhammad Ali's brave antiwar stance, which nearly cost him his career. Abrams is an informed and impassioned writer who chronicles the profoundly creative and destructive roles that sports play in the political life of our nation and the world. This book will be of interest to any and all sports and politics enthusiasts and is a wonderful introduction for course creation and adoption.


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