New Books Network

Keith Gave, “The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage” (Gold Star Publishing, 2018)
Keith Gave spent six years in the NSA during the Cold War, but his most daring mission may have come later, while working as a sports writer. In the late 1980s, Gave was asked by the Detroit Red Wings to reach behind the Iron Curtain and initiate contact with the... Read More
César Brioso, “Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball In Cuba” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by César Brioso, author of the book Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball In Cuba (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). Blending the love for baseball fans in Cuba had during the 1950s with the political upheaval that led to... Read More
Natalie Koch, “Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power, and Sport in Global Perspective” (Routledge, 2017)
Today we are joined by Natalie Koch, Associate Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and editor of Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power, and Sport in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2017).  In our conversation, we discuss the growing field of critical sports... Read More
Danyel Reiche, “Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games” (Routledge, 2016)
Today we are joined by Danyel Reiche, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the American University of Beirut, and the author of Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games (Routledge, 2016) In Success and Failure, Reiche provides a playbook for National Committees that want to win more medals.... Read More
Peter Hopsicker and Mark Dyreson, “A Half Century of Super Bowls: National and Global Perspectives on America’s Grandest Spectacle” (Routledge, 2018)
The Super Bowl is a singular spectacle in American culture. More than just a championship football game, the Super Bowl has become an unparalleled display of nationalism, consumerism, and culture. But despite its impact in the United States, the Super Bowl has never caught on around the world the way... Read More
Robert C. Trumpbour and Kenneth Womack, “The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston’s Iconic Astrodome” (U Nebraska Press, 2016)
It rose against the Texas sun in all its architectural audacity: a domed stadium big enough to cover a baseball field. When it opened in 1965, the Houston Astrodome defied engineering precedent and forever changed professional sports. Today, its legacy today is complicated, and its future remains uncertain. Robert Trumpbour and... Read More
Grant Farred, “The Burden of Over-Representation: Race, Sport, and Philosophy” (Temple UP, 2018)
Today we are joined by Grant Farred, Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University.  Farred is the author of The Burden of Over-Representation: Race, Sport, and Philosophy (Temple University Press, 2018), which explores three sporting ‘events’: an uncharacteristic outburst from Jackie Robinson’s at a spring training game in New... Read More