Body Politic : The Great American Sports Machine (Paperback)

Author: Shields, David

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One of the most respected voices in the sports writing field presents a collection of essays that use sports as the lens through which to view the American character.


Publisher Univ of Nebraska Pr
Mfg Part# 9780803260320
SKU 204477818
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0803260326
Release Date 11/1/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Author Info
Robert Lipsyte
Robert Lipsyte graduated from Columbia University and began working as a copy boy for the sports section of the "New York Times." Soon afterwards, he had his own sports column and eventually a television program, "The Eleventh Hour." As host of that program, he met boxing manager Cus D'Amato and it was this meeting that prompted Lipsyte to write his first young adult novel, THE CONTENDER, which is about boxing. Lipsyte waited 10 years before publishing his next work for young adults, ONE FAT SUMMER, which was a reflection on his own childhood and was followed by two sequels--SUMMER RULES and THE SUMMERBOY. In 1991 he returned to the world of boxing with THE BRAVE, which reintroduced the character of Albert Brooks, who readers first met in THE CONTENDER nearly 25 years earlier. In 2001, Lipsyte was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.
"A thinking person's collection of sports essays....Pensive and shrewd."
From the Publisher
Editors Note 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 delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0191
Publisher University of Nebraska Press

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