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National Pastime

National Pastime
Stefan Szymanski & Andrew Zimbalist
Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 2005
GV716 .S99 2005

National cultures are built around national pastimes. How we play helps define who we think we are. This is the story of two great sports - America's game and the world's game. Baseball is America's game ... Soccer is the world's game, a sport over which no nation can claim ownership. ... the first in-depth, cross-cultural comparison of these sporting passions and the mega-businesses they have become.

This engaging and readable book will entertain history buffs and sports fans alike, while providing participants and analysts with important insights. Even the most knowledgeable fans will learn a great deal about why their beloved sport developed along certain lines, and how it could be improved. Some fans may even discover what they've been missing out on across the Atlantic - as someone else's eyes can be instructive and rewarding ... not to mention fun.

Quoted from dust jacket.