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Sports in America

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"A comprehensive, controversial examination of sports as a major force in American life." Los Angeles Times
There is a crisis in American sports, and it's getting worse. Drugs, violence, and the corrupting effects of money and fame. Even before these problems made national headlines, master writer James A. Michener was growing concerned about the state of sports in America.
Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
Published April 12th 1983 by Fawcett (first published May 12th 1976)
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John Baker
Read this book 20+ years ago. It should be required reading for all sports junkies as well as athletes planning a career in sports. The chapter on collegian sports in America was well-researched, spot on and worth the purchase price.
I gave this book to a friend's son as he was going off to college to play Division 1 football several years ago. Recently, he called to thank me for the gift, which broadened his perspective on sports and life. He currently is a brand manager at ESPN.
Interesting theories, especially regarding black atheles (best specimens from Africa, survival of the fittest on slave ships, desire to get out of the ghetto, etc.)
Len Knighton
I read this many years ago and I seem to remember that I was a little disappointed in it.
While it may seem a bit dated, this is one of the finest sports books on the market. Well worth the effort.
This was actually used as a textbook for a class I took way back in undergrad days. Best textbook ever.
Interesting, but a bit soap-boxes-ish for me. Calm down James!
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James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific , which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for th
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