- Title: Sports in America (A Decade-By-Decade History)
- Author: David Fischer, Michael Teitelbaum, James Buckley, Jim Gigliotti, Phil Barber, John Walters, Timothy J. Seeberg
- Released: 2004-08-01
- Pages: 768
- ISBN: 0816052336
- ISBN13: 978-0816052332
- ASIN: 0816052336
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From Volumes in this sociohistorical treatment of professional and amateur athletics in America and its influence on American culture are organized by time period. Volumes 1 and 2 each cover 20 years (1900-1919 and 1920-1939); volumes 3 through 7, 10 years; and the final volume goes from 1990 to 2003.
Each thin volume--none more than 110 pages--has the same series foreword and an introduction that sets sports-related events within the social and historical context of the period. For instance, volume 1 (1900-1919) discusses the shift from an agrarian society with a long workday to a more urban society with a shorter workday that begins to leave leisure time for spectator sports. Volume 8 (1990-2003) discusses the expansion of women in professional sports and the billions of dollars of revenue going to sports franchises and players.
The volumes are divided into chapters, one for each year. The sporting events and personalities are discussed, and sidebars highlight important milestones. A number of black-and-white photos break up the text, and the essays themselves are well written and accessible. Each volume includes a volume-specific index and several pages of resources as well as identical lists of American sports history resources and sports history Web sites. There is no set index. Through no fault of anyone involved in the set's creation, one fact is already out of date: in volume 1 it is noted that the 1918 World Series has gained immortality "because neither of its contestants, the Cubs or the Red Sox, have won a World Series since."
At first glance the format and size of the volumes give the impression of a younger children's set, but the narrative is written for grades 6 through 12. The set is suitable for school and public library collections and could be cataloged for the circulating collection. Jerry Carbone
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved