Kris Stewart

A People's History of Sports in the United States

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Dave Zirin, The New Press, £14.99

Dave Zirin is a US columnist known for his writing on the politics of sport. He identifies himself as a socialist - his contribution to a recent forum in The Nation on the future of the left included: "Let's boldly say that ordinary people have the capacity for extraordinary deeds and can run society far more effectively than those who have been looting their pensions and destroying their jobs."

In this book Zirin traces the history of US sport through the stories of ordinary people, all the time pointing to how people and events are shaped by the society around them.

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