The Girls of Summer The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World (Paperback)
|Author: Jere Longman|
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|The chief Olympics correspondent for the "New York Times" takes a compelling look at the women who won the World Cup Soccer Match in 1999. He places the victory in its athletic, cultural and historical context. Photos.|
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Now with a new afterword, The Girls of Summer, by the award- winning New York Times sportswriter Jere Longman, takes a serious, compelling look at the women who won the 1999 World Cup and brings to life the skills and victories of the American team. Longman explores the issues this unprecedented achievement has raised: the importance of the players as role models; the significance of race and class; the sexualization of the team members; and the differences between men and women's sports. Provocative and insightful, this book reminds us that the real struggles are off the field -- and some remain to be won.
This group portrait of the World Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team chronicles its push to victory on the field, the individuals who formed the team, and the many challenges they faced--including gender-role prejudice and the lackluster support for women's soccer over three decades.
"[Longman] gives a balanced assessment of controversial subjects....When he writes what a player was thinking at a crucial moment, the reader believes him." - Andrea Cooper 07/16/2000 Washington Post Book World
"Even the most dedicated fans of women's soccer will find new information in this absorbing, fast-moving book." - John Greenya 08/27/2000
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