Review of Flamenco and Bullfighting

Landborn, Adair. Flamenco and Bullfighting: Movement, Passion and Risk in Two Spanish Traditions. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. Pp. ix + 260. Appendices, glossary, notes, bibliography, and index. $45.00 paperback. Reviewed by Zachary R. Bigalke “What makes something a sport?” This is a question that vexes both casual fans and academics alike, and one which offers…

Review of The Cinema of Hockey

Cermak, Iri. The Cinema of Hockey: Four Decades of the Game on Screen. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2017. Pps. 333. Filmography, bibliography, and index. $39.95 paperback. Review by Nick Sacco Professional hockey’s popularity has grown immensely over the past thirty years, evolving from a fringe sport to one of the “big…

Review of Dust Bowl Girls

Reeder, Lydia. Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team that Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2017. Pp. 304. Notes. $26.95 hardcover. Reviewed by Cat Ariail At first glance, 1932 appears to have been a banner year for Babe Didrikson.  The so-called “Wonder Girl” romped to five titles at…

Review of Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers

Fallon, Michael. Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. 472 pp. Notes and index.  $34.95 (clothback). Reviewed by Tolga Ozyurtcu “I’m recording the game.  Please, no spoilers.”  More than getting students to do the reading, even more than whatever it is the Lakers are purportedly doing, this is…

Review of Big Ten Basketball, 1943-1972

Nelson, Murray R. Big Ten Basketball, 1943-1972. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017. Pp. 256. Appendix, notes, bibliography, and index. $39.95 softcover. Reviewed by Andrew McGregor March has arrived, much to the glee of basketball fans. Conference tournaments are in full swing across the country, helping solidify the fates of those teams living on the bubble before…

Review of Before Jackie

Gems, Gerald R., ed. Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017. Pp. 324. Notes and index. $35 paperback. Reviewed by Christopher R. Davis In popular memory, one of the most significant historical developments in the twentieth-century United States, the civil rights struggle, is often reduced to…