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A well-researched and highly readable story of the role that sports played in American Cold War diplomacy
In Toby C. Rider’s and Kevin B. Witherspoon’s edited volume Defending the American Way of Life: Sport, Culture, and the Cold War (The University of Arkansas Press), leading sport historians present new perspectives on high-profile issues in this era of sport history. Kristian Gerner, professor of history at Lund University, is our knowledgeable reviewer, and he highlights the role played by African Americans, internationally as well as in the domestic civil rights movement.