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Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine

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In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America through the lens of professional and college sports; the result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about Empire in denial.

The sporting arena is effectively our national cathedral, the place where we gather to study our national mythology. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories, both fictional and nonfictional; considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes; delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports; explores the intricate and telling relationships between athletes, coaches, fans, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, players and advertisers...and in the process shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.

Chapter by chapter, a portrait emerges of a country both in conflict with itself and in denial about the sort of nation it has become: an America that sees itself as simultaneously (and impossibly) the Best of All Possible Countries and a land of ceaseless rebellion. To read this book is to understand the essential mystery of America after 9/11 — a country utterly at odds with itself, perpetually believing in its own restlessness as it settles back into the pillows of Empire.

Review:

"A thinking person?s collection of sports essays.... pensive and shrewd... Shields [is] always stimulating." Kirkus Reviews

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"Shields has carved out a singular place for himself as the poet of sports writing." Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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"Body Politic is an extremely intelligent book. David Shields is our most interesting and necessary writer about sports." David Guterson

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"A wonderful book. I?ve never been as big a sports fan as I am lately, and I think it?s partly due to Shields?Black Planet, and now this book, particularly the meditations on fandom, identification, and the satisfaction of clichés (both in the sports movies and in his beautiful compendium of broadcast-speak?the depth lurking in the clichés when we bring our identifying, yearning selves to them). Reading Body Politic, I'm restored unashamedly to my love of sports and of myself loving sports." Jonathan Lethem

Review:

"David Shields is a rare writer. In Body Politic, he brings together more stimulating ideas about sport and contemporary society than you?ll find anywhere else." Rick Telander

Review:

"David Shields offers us unique insights into the games we play, and how they fit into the warp and woof of American life. Body Politic is a great read, reflecting both the author?s enthusiasm for sports and his disdain for the hype." Kevin Baker

Review:

"One of the very best books ever written about being American." Fred Moody

About the Author

David Shields is the author of seven previous books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the Washington State Book Award.

Table of Contents

Contents

The Wound and the Bow: A Long Prologue

On the Need to Connect with Something Larger than Yourself

Fairy Tale of Reinvention and Escape

Words Can't Begin to Describe What I'm Feeling

Heaven Is a Playground

Fandom

History of America, #34

How It Feels to Be a Problem

Myths of Place

A Little Euro Trash-Talk

Being Ichiro

Matsui Among the Americans

Bring the Pain

Being Random Is the Key to Life

42 Tattoos: An Epilogue

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743247740
Subtitle:
The Great American Sports Machine
Author:
Shields, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Sociology of Sports
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
20040427
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.78x5.80x.81 in. .66 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Simon and Schuster - English 9780743247740 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A thinking person?s collection of sports essays.... pensive and shrewd... Shields [is] always stimulating."
"Review" by , "Shields has carved out a singular place for himself as the poet of sports writing."
"Review" by , "Body Politic is an extremely intelligent book. David Shields is our most interesting and necessary writer about sports."
"Review" by , "A wonderful book. I?ve never been as big a sports fan as I am lately, and I think it?s partly due to Shields?Black Planet, and now this book, particularly the meditations on fandom, identification, and the satisfaction of clichés (both in the sports movies and in his beautiful compendium of broadcast-speak?the depth lurking in the clichés when we bring our identifying, yearning selves to them). Reading Body Politic, I'm restored unashamedly to my love of sports and of myself loving sports."
"Review" by , "David Shields is a rare writer. In Body Politic, he brings together more stimulating ideas about sport and contemporary society than you?ll find anywhere else."
"Review" by , "David Shields offers us unique insights into the games we play, and how they fit into the warp and woof of American life. Body Politic is a great read, reflecting both the author?s enthusiasm for sports and his disdain for the hype."
"Review" by , "One of the very best books ever written about being American."
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