Sport: Mirror of American Life

Sport: Mirror of American Life

Sport: Mirror of American Life

Sport: Mirror of American Life

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This book is about the impact of sport on American life and the relationship between the two. It examines the role and meaning of sport as practiced or envisioned by any number of Americans, ranging from Los Angeles hot rodders to country club golfers. It is, in good part, an attempt to interpret and explain behavior from the vantage point of sport.

The organization of the book is simple enough. The first two chapters deal with the social and psychological influences that have fostered sport. The next four chapters are concerned with sport in ascending class order, and the final chapter deals with the unreal ideal.

I would like to thank Alan D. Williams of Little, Brown and Company, who helped plan the book three years ago. I am most grateful to him for his patience, kindness and understanding. I am especially indebted to Sports Illustrated. If it had not been for the interest and generosity of the editors of the magazine, the book could not have been written. They allowed me to pursue most of the material I had in mind as assignments . . .

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