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Playing Tough
The World of Sports and Politics
Roger I. Abrams

2013 • 276 pp. 10 illus. (black and white) 6 x 9"
Sports Law / Politics

$29.95 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-753-1

$31.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-815-6

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A history of the interplay of sports and politics around the world

Playing Tough is an entertaining and thoroughly enlightening look at the unique and surprisingly outsized role that sports have played in politics and history. Ever since the bread and circuses of Rome, sports have been used as a tool to entertain the masses and to instill civic pride. Abrams shows both the positive and the negative ways in which sports and politics have coalesced, from the rabid nationalism of the 1936 Nazi Olympics, the political grudge match of the Louis and Schmeling fights, and the “futbol war” between Honduras and Costa Rica to the inspiring stories of South Africa’s rugby nation-building and Muhammad Ali’s brave antiwar stance, which nearly cost him his career. Abrams is an informed and impassioned writer who chronicles the profoundly creative and destructive influence that sports have on the political life of our nation and the world.

This book will be of interest to any and all sports and politics enthusiasts and is a wonderful introduction for course creation and adoption.

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ROGER I. ABRAMS is Richardson Professor of Law at Northeastern University. A leader in the field of sports law, he is the author of Sports Justice: The Law and the Business of Sports; Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law; and The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903.

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