The Meaning of Sports

The Meaning of Sports : Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball and What They See When They Do

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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. 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 became national institutions and how they reached their present forms; and covers the evolution of rules, the rise and fall of the most successful teams, and the historical significance of the most famous and influential figures such as Babe Ruth, Vince Lombardi, and Michael Jordan.Whether he is writing about baseball as the agrarian game, football as similar to warfare , basketball as the embodiment of post-industrial society, or the moral havoc created by baseball's designated hitter rule, Mandelbaum applies the full force of his learning and wit to subjects about which so many Americans care passionately: the games they played in their youth and continue to follshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.2 x 30.5mm | 680.4g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586482521
  • 9781586482527

About Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum is one of the nation's leading authorities on American foreign policy and international relations and the author or co-author of eight books, including The Ideas That Conquered The World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century.show more

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