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Brittany Reid’s and Taylor McKee’s collected volume Duelism: Confronting Sport Through Its Doubles (Common Ground) curates critical readings from sport scholars across many fields that acknowledge and interrogate the concept of sport by exploring it in connection with its significant doubles, an approach termed “duelism.” Steph Doehler’s reading of the anthology evokes mainly positive reactions, while also indicating that critical comments are called for.
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.