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Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine

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In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Bison Books (first published April 27th 2004)
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I like reading David Shields on sports. He is an insightful guy, almost to a fault sometimes. He can get a little too academic for a simple fellow like myself. But I would say 70% of these sports essays are good and worth your time. I especially liked the one that analyzes athletes who were great yet lose it mentally. Also, all the stuff on the NBA is pretty darn good.
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Recommends it for: people who like some Deep Thoughts with their sports
Some observations on American and world culture refracted through the prism of sports, primarily baseball and the NBA. Overall a pretty good read. Sometime overly intellectual, but a Seattle author who happens to also be a sports fan, sadly, has LOTS of cause to pontificate, as he is rarely found celebrating many victories...
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David Shields is the author of fourteen books, including Reality Hunger (Knopf, 2010), which was named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications. GQ called it "the most provocative, brain-rewiring book of 2010"; the New York Times called it "a mind-bending manifesto." His previous book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead (Knopf, 2008), was a New York Times bes ...more
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