A History of American Sports in 100 Objects, Cait Murphy

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    As the title implies, A History of American Sports in 100 Objects uses 100 objects as launching pads for a brief history of sports in America. Starting “circa 1100,” Cait Murphy touches on native (pre-European) sport before exploring sports in the 1800s and a thorough examination of the dynamic sports scene of the 20th century. From pre-America to the present day, the author identifies a sports artifact, tells the story of the significance of that object, and examines how the artifact fits into the larger story of American sport.

    Evaluation:
    An engaging work of narrative nonfiction, this book contains 100 short chapters which combine to create a mosaic which tells the story of sports in America. As a sports fan, I enjoyed learning the backstories of some of my favorite games, and I even found several sports teams, dynasties, and traditions that I had never learned about before reading this book. The casual sports fan may or may not find this book compelling, but sports enthusiasts and/or lovers of history may well find themselves engrossed in this walk down sports’ memory lane.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: The Boys in the Boat, Unbroken, Into Thin Air, Dream Team

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