A History of American Sports in 100 Objects

A History of American Sports in 100 Objects

Book - 2016
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"From nearly forgotten heroes like Tad Lucas (rodeo) and Tommy Kono (weightlifting) to celebrities like Amelia Earhart, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Phelps, Cait Murphy tells the stories of the people, events, and things that have forged the epic of American sports, in both its splendor and its squalor. Stories of heroism and triumph rub up against tales of discrimination and cheating. These objects tell much more than just stories about great games--they tell the story of the nation"--Amazon.com.
Published: New York :, Basic Books,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780465097746
Branch Call Number: 796.0973 MUR
Characteristics: x, 371 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Apr 21, 2017

Pleasant surprise that out of the 100 stories, two are about Olympic weightlifters - one widely considered the world's greatest all-time (Tommy Kono), and one who was a victim in the Munich Olympics massacre (David Berger). Kudos to author Murphy for including those chapters concerning a sport that the US dominated in the 1950s but has fallen far from public consciousness since then. Every other chapter to which I randomly opened was fascinating as well. Starting with artifacts is an interesting approach to chronicling sports and social history. Especially captivated by the chapters on bicycle development, jockey Isaac Murphy, rodeo star Tad Lucas, tennis player Arthur Ashe, and runner Kathrine Switzer.


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