Originally published in 1976, James A. Michener's explosive, spectacular "Sports in America" is a prescient examination of the crisis in American sports that is still unfolding to this day. Pro basketball players are banned for narcotics use, while a Major League pitcher is arrested for smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. The NFL's "injury ...
Originally published in 1976, James A. Michener's explosive, spectacular "Sports in America" is a prescient examination of the crisis in American sports that is still unfolding to this day. Pro basketball players are banned for narcotics use, while a Major League pitcher is arrested for smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. The NFL's "injury report" grows longer every Sunday. Corruption and recruiting violations plague collegiate sports as the "winning is everything" mentality trickles down to the Little League level. With his lifelong enthusiasm for sports in evidence, the incomparable Michener tackles this subject thoroughly and leaves us amazed and appalled by what we've learned, yet still loving the games we grew up on. Praise for "Sports in America" " " "A comprehensive, controversial examination of sports as a major force in American life."--"Los Angeles Times" " " "Michener's life was saved by sports twice. In return, he has issued a long, lovingly critical, prodigiously researched account of the passions and politics of America at organized play. Rich in anecdote, source material and his own shrewd commentary."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Like just about everything James Michener has produced, "Sports in America "is a thoughtful, well-written document that's thoroughly researched. . . . For anyone interested in how the ball bounces in the U.S. of A., the answers are all here."--"The Wall Street Journal" " " "Encyclopedic . . . amusing and sometimes alarming."--"The Washington Post"
Few people associate Michener with anything other than fiction and that is probably as it should be. He was my favorite author for decades who set the standard for research by a writer. Sports in America is a personal rant by a fiction writer expressing his frustration with trends in sports. In the late 70s this book was a primary force in redirecting my focus in the transition from athlete to coach and administrator. Re-reading the book now 30 years later the book strikes me more as naive than useful. The writer backs his views with plenty of research and statistics which were impressive then, but simply outdated and less meaningful now.
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