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City Games

The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports

In this comprehensive and thoughtful look at the complex interrelationship and interdependency between sport and the city, Steven Riess shows how demographic growth, evolving special arrangements, social reform, the formulation of class and ethnic subcultures, the expansion of urban government, and the rise of political machines and crime syndicates all interacted to influence the development of American sport.

"Riess has dug deeply into the urban roots of our national obsession. City Games is valuable reading for anyone interested in America's cities or America's sports."--Stephen Hardy, author of How Boston Played: Sport, Recreation, and Community

Steven A. Riess is professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University. The editor of the Journal of Sport History, he is author of Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era and editor of The American Sporting Experience: A Historical Anthology of Sport in America.

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