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Sports in America
By (author): James A. Michener Introduction by: Steve Berry
9780345483065 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports Jul 12, 1987
$24.00 CAD
Active 5.51 x 8.26 x 1.2 in 560 pages 42 B/W ILLUSTRATIONS, TABLES Random House Dial Press Trade Paperback
The classic book of nonfiction from Michener, reissued in a gorgeous new package, featuring a new introduction by Steve Berry.

Originally published in 1976, James A. Michener’s explosive, spectacular book is a prescient examination of the crisis in American sports that is still unfolding to this day. Pro basketball players are banned for narcotics use, while a Major League pitcher is arrested for smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. The NFL’s “injury report” grows longer every Sunday. Corruption and recruiting violations plague collegiate sports as the “winning is everything” mentality trickles down to the Little League level. With his lifelong enthusiasm for sports in evidence, the incomparable Michener tackles this subject thoroughly and leaves us amazed and appalled by what we’ve learned, yet still loving the games we grew up on.

Story Locale: USA

Publication History: Random House HC (1976) Dial Press TP (1987)

JAMES A. MICHENER, one of the world’s most popular writers, was the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Texas, Chesapeake, The Covenant, and Hawaii, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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“A comprehensive, controversial examination of sports as a major force in American life.”Los Angeles Times

“Michener’s life was saved by sports twice. In return, he has issued a long, lovingly critical, prodigiously researched account of the passions and politics of America at organized play. Rich in anecdote, source material and his own shrewd commentary.”The New York Times Book Review

“Like just about everything James Michener has produced, Sports in America is a thoughtful, well-written document that’s thoroughly researched. . . . For anyone interested in how the ball bounces in the U.S. of A., the answers are all here.”The Wall Street Journal

“Encyclopedic . . . amusing and sometimes alarming.”The Washington Post

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