New Books Network

José Alamillo, “Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
In Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Professor José Alamillo, a specialist in Chicana/o Studies, Labor, and Sports history, examines the powerful way Mexican Americans have used sports to build transnational networks for personal and community empowerment across the United States and Mexico before... Read More
Jeremy Bhandari, “Trust the Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got to the Top” (Mango Publishing, 2020)
Sixteen athletes from eleven sports arenas. Each chapter tells a different story, as each superstar shares the habit that helped them accomplish their goals and reach the pinnacle of their profession. Sports fanatic or not. Guaranteed to tap into your athletic edge, Jeremy Bhandari’s Trust the Grind: How World-Class Athletes... Read More
Danyel Reiche and Tamir Sorek, “Sport, Politics, and Society in the Middle East” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Sports scholars Danyel Reiche and Tamir Sorek’s edited volume, Sport, Politics, and Society in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2019), makes a significant contribution to what remains a largely understudied, yet critically important segment of Middle Eastern political and social life. It does so by discussing in eleven chapters multiple... Read More
Wade Davies, “Native Hoops: The Rise of American Indian Basketball, 1895-1970” (UP of Kansas, 2020)
The game of basketball is perceived by most today as an “urban” game with a locale such as Rucker Park in Harlem as the game’s epicenter (as well as a pipeline to the NBA).  While that is certainly a true statement, basketball is not limited to places such as New... Read More
Kathleen Bachynski, “No Game for Boys to Play: The History of Youth Football and the Origins of a Public Health Crisis” (UNC Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by Kathleen Bachynski, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Muhlenberg College, and author of No Game for Boys to Play: The History of Youth Football and the Origins of a Public Health Crisis (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). In our conversation, we discussed the intersection... Read More
Jennifer Domino Rudolph, “Baseball as Mediated Latinidad: Race, Masculinity, Nationalism, and Performances of Identity” (Ohio State UP, 2020)
In her incisive study Baseball as Mediated Latinidad: Race, Masculinity, Nationalism, and Performances of Identity (Ohio State University Press, 2020), Jennifer Domino Rudolph analyzes major league baseball’s Latin/o American players—who now make up more than twenty-five percent of MLB—as sites of undesirable surveillance due to the historical, political, and sociological weight placed... Read More
Ben Cohen, “The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks” (Custom House, 2020)
For decades, statisticians, social scientists, psychologists, and economists (among them Nobel Prize winners) have spent massive amounts of precious time thinking about whether streaks actually exist. After all, a substantial number of decisions that we make in our everyday lives are quietly rooted in this one question: If something happened... Read More
John Harney, “Empire of Infields: Baseball in Taiwan and Cultural Identity, 1895-1968” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by John Harney, Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Asian Studies Department at Centre College, and author of Empire of Infields: Baseball in Taiwan and Cultural Identity, 1895-1968 (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). In our conversation, we discussed the origins of baseball in Taiwan,... Read More
Scott Laderman, “Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing” (U California Press, 2014)
Since 2020 has been such a horrifying year (and it’s only June!), it would be nice to relax a bit this summer and talk about something fun and apolitical like surfing. After all, what’s more chill then hanging at the beach and catching some waves? But wait a minute! Empire... Read More