New Books Network

Lincoln A. Mitchell, “San Francisco Year Zero” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
1978 was the year that changed San Francisco forever, writes Lincoln A. Mitchell in San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third-Place Baseball Team (Rutgers University Press, 2019). After the long hangover from the heady 1960s and summer of love, San Francisco was, by the late ‘70s,... Read More
Derrick E. White, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football” (UNC, 2019)
Dr. Derrick E. White‘s new book Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) chronicles the development of black college football in the twentieth century, and is among the first comprehensive histories of black college athletics. Using... Read More
Trevor Thompson, “Playing for Australia: The First Socceroos, Asia, and World Football” (Fair Play, 2018)
Today we are joined by Trevor Thompson, a journalist who has reported on association football in Australia and around the world since the 1980s. He is also the author of Playing for Australia: The First Socceroos, Asia, and World Football (Fair Play Publishing, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the... Read More
Noah Cohan, “We Average Unbeautiful Watchers: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports” (Nebraska, 2019)
Today we are joined by Noah Cohan, Lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and the author of We Average Unbeautiful Watchers: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). In our conversation, we discussed the nature of sports narrative, the... Read More
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