In this long-waited book from the rising superstar of sportswriting, whose blog Edge of Sports is read every week by countless individuals throughout the country, Dave Zirin provides a riotously entertaining chronicle of epic sporting characters and remarkable contests and exactly what totals up to an alternative history of the United States as translucented the video games its individuals played. Through Zirin's eyes, sports are never ever simple video games, however a reflection of-- and spur toward-- the political disputes that form American society.Half a century
before Jackie Robinson was born, the black ballplayer Moses Fleetwood Walker displayed a revolver to keep racist fans at bay, then took his routine place in the lineup. In the midst of the Anxiety, when nearly no black athletes were enabled on the United States Olympic team, athletes held a Counter Olympics where a third of the individuals were African American.A People's History of Sports in the United States is replete with surprises for experienced sports fans, while anyone thinking about history will be amazed by the connections Zirin draws between politics and pop flies. As Jeff Chang, author of Cannot Stop Will not Stop, puts it,"After you read him, you'll never ever see sports the very same method once again. "