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Sports in America

James A. Michener

Originally published in 1976, James A. Michener's explosive, spectacular Sports in America is a prescient examination of the crisis in American sports that is still unfolding to this day. Pro basketball players are banned for narcotics use, while a Major League pitcher is arrested for smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. The NFL's "injury report" grows longer every Sunday. Corruption and recruiting violations plague collegiate sports as the "winning is everything" mentality trickles down to the Little League level. With his lifelong enthusiasm for sports in evidence, the incomparable Michener tackles this subject thoroughly and leaves us amazed and appalled by what we've learned, yet still loving the games we grew up on. Praise for Sports in America "A comprehensive, controversial examination of sports as a major force in American life."-Los Angeles Times "Michener's life was saved by sports twice. In return, he has issued a long, lovingly critical, prodigiously researched account of the passions and politics of America at organized play. Rich in anecdote, source material and his own shrewd commentary."-The New York Times Book Review "Like just about everything James Michener has produced, Sports in America is a thoughtful, well-written document that's thoroughly researched. . . . For anyone interested in how the ball bounces in the U.S. of A., the answers are all here."-The Wall Street Journal "Encyclopedic . . . amusing and sometimes alarming."-The Washington Post

Originally published in 1976, James A. Michener's explosive, spectacular Sports in America is a prescient examination of the crisis in American sports that is still unfolding to this day. Pro basketball players are banned for narcotics use, while a Major League pitcher is arrested for smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. The NFL's "injury report" grows longer every Sunday. Corruption and recruiting violations plague collegiate sports as the "winning is everything" mentality trickles down to the Little League level. With his lifelong enthusiasm for sports in evidence, the incomparable Michener tackles this subject thoroughly and leaves us amazed and appalled by what we've learned, yet still loving the games we grew up on. Praise for Sports in America "A comprehensive, controversial examination of sports as a major force in American life."-Los Angeles Times "Michener's life was saved by sports twice. In return, he has issued a long, lovingly critical, prodigiously researched account of the passions and politics of America at organized play. Rich in anecdote, source material and his own shrewd commentary."-The New York Times Book Review "Like just about everything James Michener has produced, Sports in America is a thoughtful, well-written document that's thoroughly researched. . . . For anyone interested in how the ball bounces in the U.S. of A., the answers are all here."-The Wall Street Journal "Encyclopedic . . . amusing and sometimes alarming."-The Washington Post
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Originally published in 1976, James A. Michener's explosive, spectacular Sports in America is a prescient examination of the crisis in American sports that is still unfolding to this day. Pro basketball players are banned for narcotics use, while a Major League pitcher is arrested for smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. The NFL's "injury report" grows longer every Sunday. Corruption and recruiting violations plague collegiate sports as the "winning is everything" mentality trickles down to the Little League level. With his lifelong enthusiasm for sports in evidence, the incomparable Michener tackles this subject thoroughly and leaves us amazed and appalled by what we've learned, yet still loving the games we grew up on. Praise for Sports in America "A comprehensive, controversial examination of sports as a major force in American life."-Los Angeles Times "Michener's life was saved by sports twice. In return, he has issued a long, lovingly critical, prodigiously researched account of the passions and politics of America at organized play. Rich in anecdote, source material and his own shrewd commentary."-The New York Times Book Review "Like just about everything James Michener has produced, Sports in America is a thoughtful, well-written document that's thoroughly researched. . . . For anyone interested in how the ball bounces in the U.S. of A., the answers are all here."-The Wall Street Journal "Encyclopedic . . . amusing and sometimes alarming."-The Washington Post

Language:

English

Narrators:

Larry McKeever

Length:

24h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

31:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

32:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

29:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

39:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

38:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

32:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

31:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

32:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

31:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

34:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

37:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

40:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

35:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

39:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

35:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

40:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

47:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

35:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

33:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

29:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

39:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

34:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

33:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

31:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

33:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

31:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

31:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

31:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

26:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

31:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

29:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

21:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

28:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

21:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

24:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:08