Cover for BAKER: Sports in the Western World. Click for larger image

Sports in the Western World


"A complete sports history from Paleolithic times to the present. . . . Eye opening are the chapters on the Middle Ages. . . . But there's something revealing on almost every page of this fine effort."--Publisher's Weekly

"Lively narrative. . . . [I]ts virtues are rich detail, extended coverage, and a fluid writing style."--Historian

"Every . . . sporting even, from amateur Olympics to professional media hypes [is] presented in this thorough, well-composed chronicle."--Best Sellers

"[This] ambitious book examines the impulses behind the games that man has always played. . . . Entertaining throughout."--Kliatt

"An elegant book, which examines the rise of competitive sport in Western society from ancient times to the present. . . . The focus is on athletes, sporting patrons, spectators, and opinion makers. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice


William J. Baker is professor of history at the University of Maine. He is also the author of Jesse Owens: An American Life and editor of Sports in Modern America, Sports and the Humanities, and Sport in Africa: Essays in Social History

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/38tcr4nb9780252060427.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Jesse Owens

An American Life

William J. Baker

Creating the Big Ten

Courage, Corruption, and Commercialization

Winton U. Solberg

Journal of Sport History

Edited by Murray Phillips

Globetrotting

African American Athletes and Cold War Politics

Damion L. Thomas

Dream Shot

The Journey to a Wheelchair Basketball National Championship

Josh Birnbaum

Bloomer Girls

Women Baseball Pioneers

Debra A. Shattuck

I Fight for a Living

Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915

Louis Moore

Football and Manliness

An Unauthorized Feminist Account of the NFL

Thomas P. Oates