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Dave ZirinDescribe your latest book.
It's called A People's History of Sports in the United States. The goal is to show the hidden history of the way politics have shaped sports in this country. It's filled with stories of athletes who have used their exalted platform to express political resistance. It's an effort to take the political history and sports history of this country and blissfully and recklessly mash them together. It is part of Howard Zinn's People's History series.
Grounded: Shooting Hoops without Jumping.
What fictional character would you like to date, and why?
What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had?
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book with which to start.
Writers are better liars than other people: true or false? Why, or not?
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
How do you relax?
Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
Why do you write?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Five Sports Books That Need to Be on Your Shelf
Sportsworld: An American Dreamland by Robert Lipsyte
Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports by Lissa Smith
Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete by William C. Rhoden
Out of Their League by Dave Meggyesy
Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties by Mike Marqusee
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David Zirin is the author of three books, including What's My Name, Fool? and Welcome to the Terrordome. He writes the popular weekly online sports column, The Edge of Sports, and is a regular contributor to the Nation, SLAM, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.