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Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle

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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
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Published August 31st 1998 by University of North Carolina Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Tom
Dec 26, 2008 Tom rated it it was amazing
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.
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A fantastic look at how the early press influenced the game we know today. Very readable!
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