New Books Network

Andrew R. M. Smith, “No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing” (U Texas Press, 2020)
Today we are joined by Andrew R. M. Smith, author of No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing (University of Texas Press, 2020). In our conversation, we discussed Foreman’s career, the role of race in American sports, and how boxing helped give rise to athletic... Read More
John N. Singer, “Race, Sports, and Education: Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Male College Athletes” (Harvard Ed Press, 2019)
College sport is a multi-billion dollar industry. The men and women who lead the teams in the most important conferences often make millions of dollars between their coaching salaries and endorsement deals. But what about the athletes themselves? Most get a “free ride” (tuition, food and board), but is that... Read More
Maria Veri and Rita Liberti, “Gridiron Gourmet: Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate” (U Arkansas Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by Maria Veri, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University, and Rita Liberti, Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, East Bay.  Together they are the authors of Gridiron Gourmet: Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate (University of Arkansas Press, 2019), one of... Read More
Seán Crosson, “Gaelic Games on Film” (Cork UP, 2019)
Today we are joined by Seán Crosson, leader of the Sport and Exercise Research Group at NUI Galway, co-director of the MA in Sports Journalism and Communication, and Professor at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media.  He is also the author of Gaelic Games on Film: From Silent... Read More
Evan Friss, “On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Evan Friss, an associate professor of history at James Madison University, historicizes the bicycle’s place in New York City’s social, economic, infrastructural and cultural politics. On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City (Columbia University Press, 2019) curates a history of the key moments and individuals who... Read More
Gabe Logan, “The Early Years of Chicago Soccer, 1887-1939” (Lexington Books, 2019)
The thriving metropolis of Chicago was the land of opportunity for a wide variety of ethnic groups.  As individuals from nations where soccer reigned began arriving in the area, they instituted teams and leagues that supported “their” game.  Ultimately the sport grew, and with the passage of time, eventually developed... Read More
Asher Price, “Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Earl Campbell was a force in American football, winning a state championship in high school, rushing his way to a Heisman trophy for the University of Texas, and earning MVP as he took the Houston Oilers to the brink of the Super Bowl. Asher Price‘s exhilarating blend of biography and... Read More
Peter Kerasotis, “Alou: My Baseball Journey” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
All aficionados of baseball are familiar with the pathbreaking role of Jackie Robinson in reintegrating the game back in 1947. What many fans are less familiar with are the issues that Latinos of color endured both in the minor leagues and the Majors starting back in the 1950s. How difficult... Read More
Rebecca Scofield, “Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West” (U Washington, 2019)
Rodeo is one of the indelible images of culture in the American West. The John Wayne-like cowboy tenaciously hanging on to the bucking bronc is a classic vision of what it means to be in the West. In Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West (University of Washington,... Read More