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In Fit for America: Major John L. Griffith and the Quest for Athletic Fitness (Syracuse University Press), historian Matthew Lindaman chronicles the life and times of one of the preeminent intercollegiate athletics administrators of the twentieth century, a time of war and anticommunist sentiment. Susan Rayl is our reviewer, and she is impressed by Lindaman’s well researched and easy to read biography.
Olympic amateurism from de Coubertin to Samaranch: A story of professionalization and commercialization
The rise and Fall of Olympic Amateurism by Matthew P. Llewellyn and John Gleaves (University of Illinois Press) captures the history of the Olympic Games through the development of Rule 26, the Olympic amateurism rule. Our reviewer is Susan J. Rayl, and she considers this an “excellent scholarly book that should grace the libraries of Olympic and sport historians”.