New Books Network

David A. F. Sweet, “Three Seconds in Munich: The Controversial 1972 Olympic Basketball Final” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
One. Two. Three. That’s as long as it took to sear the souls of a dozen young American men, thanks to the craziest, most controversial finish in the history of the Olympics—the 1972 gold-medal basketball contest between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the... Read More
Robert Ruck, “Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL” (The New Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Rob Ruck, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, and the author of Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL (The New Press, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the origins of football in American Samoa, the disproportionate... Read More
Bernardo Ramirez Rios, “Transnational Sport in the American West: Oaxaca California Basketball” (Lexington Books, 2019)
The game of basketball is not necessarily associated with Mexicans or Mexican Americans.  In Mexico, soccer (futbol) is the number one sport, followed by baseball.   There is even professional (and collegiate) American football. In some parts of the country, however, due to the geography, another sport, hoops has become a... Read More
Nancy Lough and Andrea N. Geurin, “Routledge Handbook of the Business of Women’s Sport” (Routledge, 2019)
Shortly after the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup earlier this summer, a friend suggested to me that it signaled the long-awaited arrival of soccer as a mainstream sport in the U.S. I thought a second, remembering the commercials around the game and the way the television cameras shot the... Read More
Roy Hay, “Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the 19th Century” (Cambridge Scholars, 2019)
Today we are joined by Roy Hay, Honorary Fellow at Deakin University, and the author of Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the 19th Century: They Did Not Come From Nowhere (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019).  In our conversation, we discussed the origins of Australian Rules Football, indigenous competition in cricket... Read More
Vanessa Heggie, “Higher and Colder: A History of Extreme Physiology and Exploration” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Vanessa Heggie talks about the history of biomedical research in extreme environments. Heggie is a Fellow of the Institute for Global Innovation at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Higher and Colder: A History of Extreme Physiology and Exploration (University of Chicago Press, 2019). During the long... Read More
Susan Brownell, “The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics” (U California Press, 2018)
As my first guest, I’d would like to introduce Susan Brownell, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri – St Louis, one of the authors of The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics (University of California Press, 2018). During the course of the interview, we covered the subfield of... Read More