Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle
Is football an athletic contest or a social event? Is it a game of skill, a test of manhood, or merely an organized brawl? Michael Oriard asks these and other intriguing questions in Reading Football, the first contemporary book-length study of football's formative years. American football began in 1870s as a game to be played, not watched. Within a brief ten years, it had...more
Published August 31st 1998 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published January 1st 1993)
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I consider this to be the best book about football ever written. Oriard explains how football emerges due to the efforts of some very dedicated people with surprisingly articulate about what they hoped the larger social implications of their efforts would be. I've assigned this book to students, who are usually shocked by the casual and frequent assertions of white supremacy.