Review of Sports in American History

Gems, G.R., Borish, L.J., and Pfister, G. Sports in American History: From Colonization to Globalization, Second Edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2017. 385 pages (including images, index, and author information) US$89.00 (cloth cover). Reviewed by Matt Hodler Like many of us, I have both opted to use textbooks and not to use them when designing…

Q&A with David Kilpatrick on Soccer History

By Patrick Salkeld I attended my first NASSH conference in 2016 at Georgia Tech University. I met many scholars, found a home within the community, and spent much of my time talking to other soccer historians such as Zach Bigalke, George Kiousis, Chris Bolsmann, Chris Henderson, Gabe Logan, and David Kilpatrick. The soccer historians in…

Review of Mythologies of Martial Arts

Bowman, Paul. Mythologies of Martial Arts. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. Pp. 210. $39.95 paperback. Reviewed by Wesley R. Bishop Was the recent Marvel and Netflix show Iron Fist racist? How do we define cultural appropriation and orientalism in cultural studies, especially when cultural productions deal with popular representations of other cultures? What does…

Call for Submissions: Top 10 Women Athletes

In 1999, ESPN’s SportCentury ranked the top North American athletes of the twentieth century. The list, compiled by a panel of 48 journalists, observers, and administrators–and one sport scholar–included eighty-nine men, eight women, and three horses. ESPN’s more recent compilation, The Undefeated’s 50 Greatest Black Athletes, asked the public to rank the most important black…

Review of The Indy Car Wars

Whitaker, Sigur E. The Indy Car Wars: The 30-year Fight for Control of American Open-Wheel Racing. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015.  Pp. 223. Notes, References, Index. $35.00 softcover. Reviewed by Rich Loosbrock Greed and power play a key role in professional sports, but how often have they destroyed a league? While destroyed may be too strong…

Dennis Rodman, the Unification Flag, and Eusébio’s Golden Boot: International Sport Diplomacy in North Korea

By Tom Fabian  North Korea is arguably the most reclusive and enigmatic nation in the world.  Due to a historically strained relationship with the United States and the advent of Westernization, the “Hermit Kingdom” has cloistered itself off from the rest of the world as one of the last truly communist states.  With escalating rhetoric…