Review of Beyond Soccer

Tamir Bar-On. Beyond Soccer: International Relations and Politics as Seen through the Beautiful Game. Lanham and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017. 340 pages (including selected bibliography, index, and author information) US$35.00 (paperback). Reviewed by Patrick Salkeld As sport historians know, politics and sports coexist in the same spheres. Athletes, such as Colin Kaepernick or…

Review of Now with Kung Fu Grip!

Miracle, Jared. Now with Kung Fu Grip!: How Bodybuilders, Soldiers and a Hairdresser Reinvented Martial Arts for America: Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016. 188 pp. $29.95 Paperback. Reviewed by Richard Ravalli As its attention-grabbing title implies, Jared Miracle’s Now with Kung Fu Grip!: How Bodybuilders, Soldiers and a Hairdresser Reinvented Martial Arts…

Review of Play Big

Welter, Jen.  Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL.  New York: Seal Press, 2017.  vii+266.  Acknowledgements. Reviewed by Russ Crawford Jen Welter has been the first woman to do many things.  She was a member of the first women’s football team to win an International Federation of…