A new joint biography of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X unearths new details into their brief but crucial friendship. Boxing scholar Lucia Trimbur gives her review.
Book review by Lucia Trimbur
A Skater Painted in Solitude
John Curry was a revolutionary champion in figure skating. A new biography presents him as much more than Olympic athlete – an artist, an impresario, and a gay man in the early years of AIDS.
Book review by Mary Louise Adams
A Continent of Cagers
Basketball is the rare American sport that has set down roots around the world. A new collection of essays looks at the sport's history in all corners of Europe.
Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff
Red Army Misses the Mark
The new documentary Red Army has been praised by film critics and audiences at the major film festivals. Our reviewer goes against the party line.
About a Boy
Expanding upon his award-winning New York Times series on the 2011 death of Derek Boogaard, John Branch has written a biography of the former NHL enforcer and the culture of violence in hockey. Mark Norman gives our review.
Book review by Mark Norman
American Sports Writing, Australian Nostalgia
This year's edition of The Best American Sports Writing anthology stirs our reviewer's memories of childhood in South Australia.
Book review by Barry Nicholls
Welcome to the Club
As interest in world soccer grows in the U.S., a new book offers an introduction to clubs like Dinamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb, Nacional and Internacional, Nottingham Forest and Notts County. Our reviewer finds that even seasoned supporters will find bits to savor.
Book review by Michael W. Austin
Achilles and Hector on the Gridiron
In his new memoir, literature professor Mark Edmundson reflects on his years of watching and playing football. He acknowledges that the game shaped his character for the better, and that it has deep-rooted dangers.
Book review by Robert L. Kehoe III
What We Write About When We Write About Football
Reading a new anthology of writing about football, our reviewer thinks about what gets overlooked when we celebrate the sport's golden age.
Book review by Miles Wray
Coaching Through a Revolution
Three months after Bob Bradley was hired to coach Egypt's national team, the Port Said Stadium riot plunged Egyptian football into turmoil. Two new documentary films look at Bradley's tenure as coach of the Pharaohs, set against the country's political upheaval.
Film review by Alon Raab
In order to prevent idleness in the new colony of Pennsylvania, William Penn banned “rude and riotous behavior,” including cockfights, competitions with prizes, and card and dice games.