At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing by Colum McCann, George Kimball

By Colum McCann, George Kimball

Named a most sensible ebook of 2011 via the San Francisco Chronicle, on the Fights is a gritty and glittering anthology of the superior writing approximately boxing. listed below are Jack London at the immortal Jack Johnson; Richard Wright on Joe Louis's ancient victory over Max Schmeling; A. J. Liebling's brilliantly comedian portrait of a supervisor who particularly identifies along with his fighter; Jimmy Cannon on Archie Moore, the best fighter of the Nineteen Fifties; James Baldwin and homosexual Talese on Floyd Patterson's epic struggle with Sonny Liston; George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X; Norman Mailer at the Rumble within the Jungle; Mark Kram at the Thrilla in Manila; Pete Hamill on mythical coach and supervisor Cus D'Amato; Mark Kriegel on Oscar De l. a. Hoya; and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson. nationwide booklet Award–winning novelist Colum McCann (Let the good global Spin) deals a foreword and, in a brand new preface, John Schulian will pay tribute to his co-editor, George Kimball, who misplaced his conflict with melanoma in 2011.

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Yet such is the dominance of the eight core nations in all aspects of the sport, I generally refer to just the core and the periphery throughout most of the text even though it is clear that certain nations are closer to the core than others. It is also important to note that while acknowledging the work of Wallerstein (1974), and employing this terminology of core and periphery, I am in no way claiming to (mis)represent his thesis and simply apply this to rugby. The language of core and periphery seems an appropriate one to apply to the international rugby landscape but beyond that I make no other claims to invoke Wallerstein’s (1974) analysis into the present discussion.

Jarvie and Walker, 1994; Johnes, 2005; Sugden and Bairner, 1993). Reflecting both the broader landscape of the sociology of sport, and its positioning in the country, there is much more published work on football than there is on rugby in Scotland. Academic work on rugby in Ireland is also rather scarce; although Tuck’s (2003) research provides key insights into the dynamics surrounding the sport as a symbol of national identity, for unlike in many other sports Ireland compete as one nation in international rugby union (see also, Tuck and Maguire, 1999).

Quite why those governing rugby did not start a world cup competition until 1987 is easy to explain. In part it was a reflection of the fact that very few countries had embraced the game and that those small group of countries who governed the sport expressed no great desire to export it and see the game develop elsewhere. Even through the professional age issues concerning ownership of the game and a desire to retain power and prestige are omnipresent. It was also a reflection of amateurism in that arranging time off work and lengthy periods away from home could be quite problematic for some The Rugby World Cup 29 players.

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