Last Updated November 29, 2015
Ashraf Rushdy's A Guited Age was featured in the Times Higher Education on November 19. The review read, "[A] level-headed and stimulating essay.... This book, by usefully identifying the culture of guilt, provides an essential starting point for debating these difficult issues."
Young Men, Time, and Boredom in the Republic of Georgia, by Martin Demant Frederiksen, was reviewed in the Autumn 2015 issue of Social Analysis. The review read, "[A] compelling and intimate portrait of the lives of under- and unemployed young men struggling to attain social adulthood in Georgia's troubled post-socialist economy. The book makes timely and important contributions to the study of youth unemployment, structural instability, and social experiences of time.... Frederiksen's thoughtful ethnography points to important lines of inquiry into the politics of boredom and belonging."
Last Updated November 18, 2015
The Audacity of Hoop, by Alexander Wolff, was featured in The New Yorker on November 12. The article read, "In the book—which features large-scale photographs of the President at play, many taken by the official White House photographer, Pete Souza—Wolff breaks down the particulars of the President's game.... Presidents are endlessly scrutinized, and must constantly calibrate their self-presentations to appeal to the electorate. Basketball, for all of its cultural complexity, has arguably been, as Wolff writes, one way for Obama 'to let the public see exactly who he was.'"
Seven Days also mentioned The Audacity of Hoop in its November 11 issue. The blurb read, "Wolff muses on Barack Obama's private and public relationship with the ball-and-hoop pastime. Now, that sounds like a slam dunk!"
The Summer 2015 issue of The Journal of Sports History reviewed three Temple University Press titles.
• The review of Alan Klein's Dominican Baseball read, "Dominican Baseball reflects both personal passion and rigorous scholarship.... Klein also makes extensive use of his on-site field notes and interviews.... Dominican Baseball is significant for its content, intellectual vigor, and demonstration that serious study of the game must come to terms with the DR.... An insightful and important book."
• The review of Bill Giles and Baseball, by John Lord, read, "Lord recounts where Giles stood on various issues, whether it was Commissioner Fay Vincent, or interleague play.... [Lord] reveals his comfort with discussing the intricacies of the business of baseball.... [T]his is the type of 'industrial' history that baseball studies sorely needs. This book is recommended for baseball history courses as one of the best books on how the game has evolved since 1980."
• The review of The NFL, edited by Thomas Oates and Zack Furness read, "The editors take an interdisciplinary cultural studies approach to critically analyze the NFL.... The anthology is a welcome addition to the extant literature and serves as an antidote to the often laudatory coverage presented by the media."
Last Updated November 11, 2015
The Audacity of Hoop, by Alexander Wolff, was reviewed in the November issue of Slam. The review read, "The king-sized volume displays Obama's love for the game all the way back to the age of 10.... The Audacity of Hoop is more than just a coffee-table book; it's a biographical sketch and political narrative of how the game became a touchstone of Obama's residency in the White House."
The award-winning Dominican Baseball, by Alan Klein, was reviewed in the November 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "Dominican Baseball is a fascinating account of the ongoing transnationalization of baseball in the Dominican Republic, as it chronicles the contentious relationship between Major League Baseball and Dominican baseball over the past thirty years.... [A]n important story.... Klein's achievement...is to highlight the point of view and interests of Dominican contenders for their piece of the baseball pie. This...makes a valuable contribution to the literature.... [A] persuasive and authoritative book."
Just Queer Folks, by Colin Johnson, was reviewed in Fall 2015 edition of The Middle West Review. The review read, "Filling a notable scholarly gap, Just Queer Folks appropriately critiques the almost unilateral urban focus of most scholarship on queer life in America. But it does much more. Instead of offering a social history of gay and lesbian life in rural districts, the book focuses on how changing understandings of sexuality and gender across the nation during the twentieth century affected rural people's understandings of same sex behavior and gender nonconformity.... illuminating."