New Books Network

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
Kerry Eggers, “Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball” (Sport Publishing, 2018)
In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. For almost a decade, they won 60 percent of their games while making it to the Western Conference Finals twice. However, what happened off-court was just as unforgettable as what... Read More
Stephen Hardy and Andrew Holman, “Hockey: A Global History” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Stephen Hardy, retired professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, and Andrew Holman, professor of history at and the director of Canadian studies at Bridgewater State University.  Hardy and Holman are the co-authors of Hockey: A Global History... Read More
Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel, “Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel’s new book, Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2019), uncovers the hidden history of the arrival of physical education for girls in the late-nineteenth century, it’s expansion beyond schools, and the subterranean struggles of girls and women... Read More
Gregory H. Wolf, “Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison” (SABR, 2019)
Wrigley Field is one of a handful of sports stadiums to have transcended its athletic purpose to become a true American landmark. Nestled in its neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, the park may be a throwback to a bygone era of baseball, but a recent renovation has positioned... Read More
Chris Donnelly, “Doc, Donnie, The Kid and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought For New York’s Baseball Soul” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Chris Donnelly‘s new book Doc, Donnie, The Kid and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought For New York’s Baseball Soul (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) focuses on the 1985 New York baseball season, a season like no other since the Mets came to town in 1962. Never... Read More
Bonita Mersiades, “Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way” (Powderhouse Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Bonita Mersiades, former Head of Public Affairs with the Football Federation Australia, and author of Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way (Powderhouse Press, 2018).  In our conversation, we discussed the 2018/2022 Australian World Cup bid, the future of global football, and... Read More