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Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? - Olympic-winning Strategies for Everyday Success - Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd ed.):... Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? - Olympic-winning Strategies for Everyday Success - Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Harriet Beveridge, Ben Hunt-Davis 1
R435 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R76 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With its winning mix of gripping narrative and easy-to-implement performance-raising tips, this book has become a best-selling classic. It's garnered 5-star reviews and wide-ranging endorsements - from Sebastian Coe and Dame Kelly Holmes to Lord Digby Jones. The book tells the inspiring story of how Ben Hunt-Davis - an ordinary guy in an ordinary team - achieved something pretty extraordinary: Olympic Gold. Co-author Harriet Beveridge, Executive Coach, then gives a simple, engaging account of how we can apply these strategies to raise our own game... in sport, in business and in life. Building on the huge success of the original, this second edition includes two completely new chapters - on high performance conversations and performance under pressure - as well as a general update, based on the successes readers and businesses have reaped from the first edition. In the book's signature, down to earth and practical style, the new chapters unlock simple ways for readers to thrive in their own pressured environments, and to communicate in ways which consistently improve results. Whether you are a business leader looking to achieve a compelling vision, an individual with a dream, or a coach supporting others to unlock their potential...this book is jam-packed with tried and tested methods to help you achieve your own 'gold medal'.

Allez Allez Allez - The Inside Story of the Resurgence of Liverpool FC (Paperback): Simon Hughes Allez Allez Allez - The Inside Story of the Resurgence of Liverpool FC (Paperback)
Simon Hughes 2
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Pre-order

_________ 'WE ARE LIVERPOOL - THIS MEANS MORE.' JUERGEN KLOPP Allez Allez Allez is the inside account of Liverpool FC during the Klopp era, including the 2018/19 campaign which saw the club compete in the most gripping Premier League title race in history and become Champions of Europe for the sixth time. Featuring access to management, players and staff, Allez Allez Allez explains how Liverpool have emerged from what Jurgen Klopp described as the "depression" of 2015 to achieve feats that have eluded an entire generation of supporters. Through original research and exclusive interviews, Simon Hughes takes readers into Melwood, the club's training ground, and behind the dressing room door. He takes them to Chapel Street, where the club's business is determined, and to America, where it is owned. He takes them into Anfield, where many of the most important moments are defined, and he takes them on to the pitches of the Premier League and the Champions League, as we revisit how Liverpool stormed their way to the top of the Premier League this season.

Grit, Grace, and Gold - Haiku Celebrating the Sports of Summer (Paperback): Kit Pancoast Nagamura Grit, Grace, and Gold - Haiku Celebrating the Sports of Summer (Paperback)
Kit Pancoast Nagamura
R396 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Original, contemporary haiku celebrating the sports and athletes of the Olympics - from an acclaimed poet and an international gallery of guests. Award-winning haiku poet Kit Pancoast Nagamura offers a collection of original poems that explore the beauty, physical effort, and essence of all the sports of the summer Olympics. At first glance, haiku and sports may seem like an odd pairing. But actually, there's a strong similarity between the two. The grace, balance, and focus that are required of an athlete are exactly what the haiku poet seeks in order to capture an emotion, a mood, an action in just a few, carefully chosen words. Anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is building -- and what better way to share in the experience of the games than through Japan's beloved poetic form, haiku, which has been rediscovered and embraced in recent years by a new generation. From the elegance of a gymnast's leap and the fluid motion of a runner's body, to the thwump of the soccer ball hitting the net, poetry lovers and sports fans alike will feel the thrill and intensity as the world's best go for the gold. In this volume, the first to cover such a wide range of athletics, each Olympic sport is represented by three haiku written by Nagamura, plus one or two by a guest poet. Each poem is presented in both English and Japanese. Evocative photographs and illustrations complement the text.

Cheating Is Encouraged - A Hard-Nosed History of the 1970s Raiders (Hardcover): Mike Siani, Kristine Setting Clark Cheating Is Encouraged - A Hard-Nosed History of the 1970s Raiders (Hardcover)
Mike Siani, Kristine Setting Clark
R594 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R53 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Straight from the mouths of the legends of the Silver and Black, Cheating Is Encouraged offers the stories of the most infamous football team in NFL history, the Oakland Raiders of the 1970's Regardless of whether you loved or hated them, the Oakland Raiders of the 1970s were an amusing cast of outlaws, misfits, and anomalies that made up one of the greatest pro football teams of their era. The Raiders' roster consisted of a collection of mavericks and rebels, some with behavioral issues, such as John "Tooz" Matuszak and Lyle Alzado, as well as castoffs like the aging George Blanda and the sandlot player Otis Sistrunk, who were passed over or disregarded by other NFL teams. To say that this group of outlaws had "attitude" would be a gross understatement. They were the Oakland Raiders, the Silver and Black, and Al Davis's dream of "Just win, baby." Gridiron characters (such as the Snake, Foo, the Assassin, the Hit Man, Dr. Death, and many others) chronicle the notorious on- and off-the-field exploits, away-game adventures, and the party-hard attitudes that are reflected in the team's intimidating and glorified mix of renegades. Cheating Is Encouraged defines an era that can only be considered the last days of "real football played by real men." Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports-books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Cristiano & Leo: #whoisthegreatest (Paperback): Jimmy Burns Cristiano & Leo: #whoisthegreatest (Paperback)
Jimmy Burns 1
R331 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R108 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Financial Times Sports Books of the Year 2018

Cristiano and Leo is the fascinating account of the lives and rivalry between two of the best footballers to ever play the game, Ronaldo and Messi by Jimmy Burns, the bestselling author of Maradona: The Hand of God.

The rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi has defined football to a generation of fans – everyone has an opinion on who is the greatest.

Do you prefer Ronaldo whose work ethic and physique have been honed for one purpose – scoring goals. Or Messi, whose superhuman natural talent means he can do the seemingly impossible with a football.

Between them they have scored over 1300 goals, won the Ballon d’Or ten times, and taken the beautiful game to even greater heights. But statistics alone cannot do justice to their skill, athleticism and dedication to stay at the top for so long of one of the most competitive sports in the world.

Cristiano and Leo tells their definitive story, from children kicking a ball halfway around the world from each other to facing each other in the epic clash El Clįsico, between Real Madrid and Barcelona. This is the essential book to understand one the most compelling rivalries in sporting history.

The Girl on the Dancing Horse - Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Paperback): Charlotte Dujardin The Girl on the Dancing Horse - Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Paperback)
Charlotte Dujardin 1
R254 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Refreshingly honest [...] a highly enjoyable, fascinating read.' Horse and Hound _______________________________________________ "To ride into that arena, next to a sea of British flags and hear the roar of clapping and cheering, was so exciting. It's a sound I will never, ever forget." Charlotte Dujardin and her charismatic horse Valegro burst onto the international sports scene with their record-breaking performance at the London, 2012 Olympics. The world was captivated by the young woman with the dazzling smile and her dancing horse. But no one quite knew what it took to get there, nor how hard the path to success would be - until now. Dujardin began riding horses at the age of two, but dressage was firmly the domain of the wealthy, not the life of a girl from a middle-class family. Her parents sacrificed all and with a undeterred focus, Charlotte left school at 16 to follow her dream. When she was invited to be a groom for the British Olympian Carl Hester, she began to ride Valegro, a dark bay gelding and an unbreakable bond was formed. This is their incredible story.

101 Damnations - Dispatches from the 101st Tour de France (Paperback): Ned Boulting 101 Damnations - Dispatches from the 101st Tour de France (Paperback)
Ned Boulting 1
R306 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Join Ned Boulting as he reports on his dozen-th Tour de France, an event in which blokes do amazing things on bikes, and, we're oft told, the biggest annual sporting event in the world. 101 Damnations is a chance to relive the 2014 race, stage for stage, fall after fall, tantrum by tantrum; just the good bits mind, without all the aerial shots of castles. Or sunflowers. (Though it does wax lyrical about some stunning Alpine scenery . . . and, with the race starting in Yorkshire, even some stunning scenery not far from Bradford). From Leeds to Paris (how often do you say that?), Ned details the minutiae of his encounters with the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, David Millar, Chris Froome, Chris Boardman (or 'Broadman' as some would have it), Marcel Kittel, Mrs Cavendish (Mark's wife), Peter Sagan and the rest. Their endeavours, achievements, humour and occasional rancour, sit alongside his own decade-long quest for the ideal end-of-race T-shirt. Ned weaves together the interesting, amusing and unheralded threads of the race itself, and reflects on his own perennial struggle to get round, get on and get by. 101 Damnations encapsulates all that is incredible - and incredibly ordinary - about the greatest race on earth.

The Beijing Olympics: Promoting China - Soft and Hard Power in Global Politics (Hardcover): Kevin Caffrey The Beijing Olympics: Promoting China - Soft and Hard Power in Global Politics (Hardcover)
Kevin Caffrey
R2,960 Discovery Miles 29 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Beijing 2008 Olympic ceremonies were spectacular performances and technological accomplishments by the People's Republic of China. However, the audience in Beijing was only the most overt element of a global audience receiving the message of the Games. For this global audience, the Beijing performances were a harbinger of wider regional and international ambitions; a message of intent that pointed to a larger Chinese plan to a degree not seen since the Ming dynasty. New Chinese ambitions embrace both soft power and hard power. The actor in this political drama of international scope is the Chinese state and its political ambitions on the world stage. The Beijing Olympics can be seen as its opening act, and the audience as global. Rather than the kind of "morality" play that is typically used in China to educate the people in politics, this new production - a production on many levels - was one aimed at audiences all around the world, and one that was a calculated expression of realpolitik. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Stadium Worlds - Football, Space and the Built Environment (Hardcover): Sybille Frank, Silke Steets Stadium Worlds - Football, Space and the Built Environment (Hardcover)
Sybille Frank, Silke Steets
R3,733 Discovery Miles 37 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Analyzing football as a cultural practice, this book investigates the connection between the sport and its built environment. Four thematic sections bring together an international multi-disciplinary range of perspectives with particular focus on the stadium.

Examples from architectural design, media studies and archaeology are used while studying advertising, economics, migration, fandom, local identities, emotions, gender, and the sociology of space. Texts and case-studies build up this useful book for lecturers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, geography, architecture, sport and environment.

Representing the Nation - Sport and Spectacle in Post-revolutionary Mexico (Hardcover): Claire Brewster, Keith Brewster Representing the Nation - Sport and Spectacle in Post-revolutionary Mexico (Hardcover)
Claire Brewster, Keith Brewster
R2,961 Discovery Miles 29 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mexico City's staging of the 1968 Olympic Games should have been a pinnacle in Mexico's post-revolutionary development: a moment when a nation at ease with itself played proud host to a global celebration of youthful vigour. Representing the Nation argues, however, that from the moment that the city won the bid, the Mexican elite displayed an innate lack of trust in their countrymen. Beautification of the capital city went beyond that expected of a host. It included the removal of undesirables from sight and the sponsorship of public information campaigns designed to teach citizens basic standards of civility and decency.

The book's contention is that these and other measures exposed a chasm between what decades of post-revolutionary socio-cultural reforms had sought to produce, and what members of the elite believed their nation to be. While members of the Organising Committee deeply resented international scepticism of Mexico's ability to stage the Games, they shared a fear that with the eyes of the world upon them, their compatriots would reveal Mexico's aspirations to first world status to be a fraud. Using a detailed analysis of Mexico City's preparations for the Olympic Games, we show how these tensions manifested themselves in the actions of the Organising Committee and government authorities.

This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Ashes To Ashes - 35 Years of Humiliation (And About 20 Minutes of Ecstasy) Watching England v Australia (Paperback, Digital... Ashes To Ashes - 35 Years of Humiliation (And About 20 Minutes of Ecstasy) Watching England v Australia (Paperback, Digital original)
Marcus Berkmann
R283 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R36 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Ashes may be the longest and fiercest sporting soap opera the world has known. The anticipation is always intense, expectations are high and, for England fans, disappointment is almost inevitable, as we usually lose. But it's a drug we can never kick. How have we got into this state? Can we ever break free? Marcus Berkmann knows he can't and has stopped even trying. ASHES TO ASHES is the first emotional history of the contest, shamelessly eschewing balance and objectivity to give the punter's view of every series since 1972. This new edition updates the tale to the victorious 2009 series, while remaining brutally realistic about our chances in 2010 and beyond . . .

The Olympics - A Critical Reader (Hardcover): Jim Parry, Vassil Girginov The Olympics - A Critical Reader (Hardcover)
Jim Parry, Vassil Girginov
R3,871 Discovery Miles 38 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Olympics: A Critical Reader represents a unique, critical guide to the definitive sporting mega-event and the wider phenomenon it represents ? Olympism. Combining classic texts and thoughtful editorial discussion with challenging new pieces, including previously unseen material, the book systematically addresses the key questions in modern Olympism, including:

  • what does studying Olympism entail?
  • how do historical accounts create and challenge Olympic myths?
  • how do different theoretical perspectives inform our understanding of Olympism?
  • which socio-political processes influence personal, collective and imagined Olympic identities?
  • how do we experience and make sense of Olympism?
  • who owns Olympism and why does it matter?
  • how do cities compete for and celebrate the Olympics?
  • How are the Olympic values promoted?
  • why is it important to protect the ethical principles and properties of Olympism?
  • what are the grounds for contesting Olympism?
  • how can Olympism be taught?
  • how can the principles and practices of Olympism be sustained in the future?

Each thematic part has been designed to include a range of views, including background treatment of an issue as well as critical scholarship, to ensure that students develop a well-rounded understanding of the Olympic phenomenon. The Olympics: A Critical Reader is essential reading for students of the Olympics and Olympism, the sociology of sport, sport management and cultural studies.

Vuvuzela Dawn - 25 Sports Stories That Shaped A New Nation (Paperback): Luke Alfred, Ian Hawkey Vuvuzela Dawn - 25 Sports Stories That Shaped A New Nation (Paperback)
Luke Alfred, Ian Hawkey
R295 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

IN 2019, SOUTH AFRICA CELEBRATES 25 years of democracy and the freedom that turned the country from a political pariah to one warmly embraced by the world. Nowhere was the welcome more visible, or more emotional, than in sport. Vuvuzela Dawn tells the stories of that return.

From Bafana Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations win to the fabled ‘438’Proteas game, we go behind the scenes of the great moments and record-breaking triumphs from 1994 to the present. From Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk to Benni McCarthy and Kevin Anderson, from twin World Cup rugby victories to the traumas of Kamp Staaldraad and Hansie Cronjé, Vuvuzela Dawn reveals the sporting dramas and passions that defined a quarter century.

The Club - How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport (Hardcover): Jonathan Clegg, Joshua... The Club - How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport (Hardcover)
Jonathan Clegg, Joshua Robinson 1
R475 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R101 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR TELEGRAPH FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 A fascinating book, by two witty and meticulous sports writers Sunday Times A jaunty journey through the past quarter of a century in English football The Times Magnificent ... Witty, pacy, thorough, this is a book hard to put down Daily Mail Brilliant Independent An excellent recap, with wonderful access and forensic detail on the Premier League's rise to global alpha status... All told with an arch sense of humour The Guardian How did English football - once known for its stale pies, bad book-keeping and hooligans - become a commercial powerhouse and the world's premium popular entertainment? This was a business empire built in only twenty-five years on ambition, experimentation and gambler's luck. Lead by a motley cast of executives, Russian oligarchs, Arab Sheikhs, Asian Titans, American Tycoons, battle-hardened managers, ruthless agents and the Murdoch media - the Premier League has been carved up, rebranded and exported to phenomenal 185 countries. The United Nations only recognizes 193. But the extraordinary profit of bringing England's ageing industrial towns to a compulsive global attention has come at a cost. Today, as players are sold for hundreds of millions and clubs are valued in the billions, local fans are being priced out - and the clubs' local identities are fading. The Premier League has become the classic business fable for our globalised world. Drawing on dozens of exclusive and revelatory interviews from the Boardrooms - including Liverpool's John W. Henry, Tottenham's Daniel Levy, Martin Edwards and David Gill at Manchester United, Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke at Arsenal, Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain, and executives at Chelsea, West Ham, Leicester City and Aston Villa - this is the definitive bustand boom account of how the Premier League product took over the world.

The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States - Cathedrals of Sport (Hardcover): Mark Dyreson, Robert Trumpbour The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States - Cathedrals of Sport (Hardcover)
Mark Dyreson, Robert Trumpbour
R2,963 Discovery Miles 29 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many Americans know more about the stadiums that loom over their cityscapes or college campuses than they do about any other aspect of the nation's geography. Stadiums serve as iconic monuments of urban and university identities. Indeed, the power of sport in modern American culture has produced ?sportscapes landscapes literally shaped by their devotion to athletic competition. Curiously, given the importance of the secular cathedrals in American culture, historians have paid little attention to these edifices. The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States: Cathedrals of Sport seeks to remedy that oversight. This book will analyze stadiums from a variety of perspectives, paying special attention to the links between the ?built environment? in which Americans watch and play games and the larger social environments that the nation's sporting practices inhabit. The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States: Cathedrals of Sport explores the role of stadiums in shaping urban identities, determining the economics of intercollegiate athletics, influencing local and national politics.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Olympic Legacies: Intended and Unintended - Political, Cultural, Economic and Educational (Hardcover): J.A. Mangan, Mark Dyreson Olympic Legacies: Intended and Unintended - Political, Cultural, Economic and Educational (Hardcover)
J.A. Mangan, Mark Dyreson
R2,974 Discovery Miles 29 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For more than a century, the Olympics have been the modern world's most significant sporting event. Indeed, they deserve much credit for globalizing sport beyond the boundaries of the Anglo-American universe, where it originated, into broader global realms. By the 1930s, the Olympics had become a global mega-event that occupied the attention of the media, the interest of the public and the energies of nation-states. Since then, projected by television, funded by global capital and fattened by the desires of nations to garner international prestige, the Olympics have grown to gargantuan dimensions.

In the course of its epic history, the Olympics have left numerous legacies, from unforgettable feats to monumental stadiums, from shining triumphs to searing tragedies, from the dazzling debuts on the world's stage of new cities and nations to notorious campaigns of national propaganda. The Olympics represent an essential component of modern global history. The Olympic movement itself has, since the 1990s, recognized and sought to shape its numerous legacies with mixed success as this book makes clear. It offers ground-breaking analyses of the power of Olympic legacies, positive and negative, and surveys the subject from Athens in 1896 to Beijing in 2008, and indeed beyond.

This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Scotland: Club, Country & Collectables (Hardcover): David Stuart Scotland: Club, Country & Collectables (Hardcover)
David Stuart
R604 R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Save R113 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Scotland: Club, Country, Collectables continues the authors' offbeat look at the issues and idiosyncrasies associated with Scottish international football. It's a celebration of the good, the bad and the mementoes treasured by fans irrespective of results. There's a flavour of the contributions made by our clubs - the players who became legends, those who tried hard, and others who merely tried our patience. A sideways look at Scottish football culture includes opposition teams and past tournaments, statistical overviews and memories full of typical Scottish weltschmerz and schadenfreude. The Road to Euro 2020 is covered, with clues offered as to whether Scotland can qualify for our first 'finals' in over 20 years - or will we achieve the rare distinction of being a host that fails to make it to our own party? While some Scotland supporters may only have tears for souvenirs, Club, Country, Collectables has everything from match programmes and trading cards to badges and beer labels, postcards, postage stamps and replica jerseys.

David Silva - El Mago: A Decade Of Magic - Official Manchester City FC Tribute Book (Hardcover): Manchester City David Silva - El Mago: A Decade Of Magic - Official Manchester City FC Tribute Book (Hardcover)
Manchester City 1
R565 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R130 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Sustainable Olympic Design and Urban Development (Hardcover): Adrian Pitts, Hanwen Liao Sustainable Olympic Design and Urban Development (Hardcover)
Adrian Pitts, Hanwen Liao
R3,738 Discovery Miles 37 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With appropriate planning and design, Olympic urban development has the potential to leave positive environmental legacies to the host city and contribute to environmental sustainability.

This book explains how a modern Olympic games can successfully develop a more sustainable design approach by learning from the lessons of the past and by taking account of the latest developments. It offers an assessment tool that can be tailored to individual circumstance - a tool which emerges from the analysis of previous summer games host cities and from techniques in environmental analysis and assessment.


Beijing 2008: Preparing for Glory - Chinese Challenge in the 'Chinese Century' (Hardcover): Dong Jinxia, J.A. Mangan Beijing 2008: Preparing for Glory - Chinese Challenge in the 'Chinese Century' (Hardcover)
Dong Jinxia, J.A. Mangan; Series edited by Boria Majumdar
R2,968 Discovery Miles 29 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Beijing 2008: Preparing for Glory - Chinese Challenge in the 'Chinese Century' brings together international scholars with an interest in sport and politics and sinologists with an interest in China - past, present and future - to explore global reaction to the Beijing Olympics - China's anticipated moment of glory on the world stage. The Beijing Olympics was, first and foremost, a political act of assertion. It was also a statement of national intent, the culmination of ideological effort going back to 1949 and the outcome of political, social, cultural and economic change. From the moment of the birth of the 'New China' sport has been viewed as a means of internal and external projection illustrating the capacity of the system and people to more than hold their own with those of other nations. In short, sport has been the chosen 'stage' on which the Chinese perform in pursuit of world recognition, respect and esteem. This assertion is not hard to understand. China's 'century of humiliation' at the hands of first the West and then Japan remains a traumatic experience. Beijing 2008 wass to assist the restoration of China's national self-esteem. He Zhenliang, Chairman of the IOC Commission for the Culture of Olympic Education, has remarked pointedly that the most significant outcome of the Beijing Games will be the elevation of the self-confidence and sense of pride of the Chinese people. Beijing 2008 was an act of political self-renewal on the world stage. This Collection demonstrates that sport is inseparable from politics. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Big-Time Sports in American Universities (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Charles T. Clotfelter Big-Time Sports in American Universities (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Charles T. Clotfelter
R599 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For almost a century, big-time college athletics has been a wildly popular but consistently problematic part of American higher education. The challenges it poses to traditional academic values have been recognized from the start, but they have grown more ominous in recent decades, as cable television has become ubiquitous, commercial opportunities have proliferated, and athletic budgets have ballooned. In the second edition of his influential book Big-Time Sports in American Universities, Clotfelter continues to examine the role of athletics in American universities, building on his argument that commercial sports have become a core function of the universities that engage in them. Drawing on recent scandals on large-scale college campuses and updates on several high-profile court cases, Clotfelter brings clear economic analysis to the variety of problems that sports raise for university and public policy, providing the basis for the continuation of constructive conversations about the value of big-time sports in higher education.

Crafting Patriotism for Global Dominance - America at the Olympics (Hardcover): Mark Dyreson Crafting Patriotism for Global Dominance - America at the Olympics (Hardcover)
Mark Dyreson
R2,961 Discovery Miles 29 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2008 China plans to use the Olympic Games to remake its national identity in the global marketplace. In so doing China treads the path blazed by the United States. For more than a century the U.S. has used the Olympic Games to construct national identity, create communal memory, and craft patriotic mythology. From opening parades where the American team refuses to dip its flag in order to signal American exceptionalism to the closing ceremonies where the U.S. media trumpet that their team owes its medals not to superior athleticism but to the nation's peerless social and political systems, Olympic Games have served as sites to bolster American nationalism. More than any other nation, the United States has politicized its Olympic participation. In the process a host of myths about American superiority in global encounters has emerged through the Olympics. In memorializing and mythologizing their Olympic teams Americans have revealed the contours of the racial, gender, and class dynamics that animate their peculiar nationhood. These essays explore the history of expressions of American national identity in Olympic arenas. This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Game Changers - Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town (Hardcover): Art Chansky Game Changers - Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town (Hardcover)
Art Chansky
R614 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South. But there is much more to this story than is commonly told. In Game Changers, Art Chansky reveals an intense saga of race, college sport, and small-town politics. At the center were two young men, Scott and Smith, both destined for greatness but struggling through challenges on and off the court, among them the storms of civil rights protest and the painfully slow integration of a Chapel Hill far less progressive than its reputation today might suggest. Drawing on extensive personal interviews and a variety of other sources, Chansky takes readers beyond the basketball court to highlight the community that supported Smith and Scott during these challenging years, from assistant basketball coach John Lotz to influential pastor the Reverend Robert Seymour to pioneering African American mayor Howard Lee. Challenging many myths that surround this period, Chansky nevertheless offers an ultimately triumphant portrait of a student-athlete and coach who ensured the University of North Carolina would never be the same.

Olympics (Paperback): Carole Marsh Olympics (Paperback)
Carole Marsh
R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Goals - Inspirational Stories to Help Tackle Life's Challenges (Hardcover): Gianluca Vialli Goals - Inspirational Stories to Help Tackle Life's Challenges (Hardcover)
Gianluca Vialli; Translated by Gabriele Marcotti 1
R538 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R103 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'I WANT TO INSPIRE PEOPLE. I WANT SOMEONE TO LOOK AT ME AND SAY: "BECAUSE OF YOU I DIDN'T GIVE UP".' Goals is a very personal and deeply-moving collection of life-affirming and inspirational real-life stories from which Chelsea and Italy football legend Gianluca Vialli has drawn great strength and resolve during his battle with pancreatic cancer. The stories and the individuals involved have been selected by Vialli because they have offered him comfort and inspiration at the time of his greatest challenge, and he feels that they can do the same for many of us, whatever it might be that we are facing. The result is a beautifully-written and touching narrative which is by turns vital and poignant, spine-tingling and heart-rending. The very last story in Goals is Vialli's own, bravely and movingly chronicling his battle with this cruel illness.

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