The Empire Strikes Out

How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad
Product Number: EB00667926
Released: Apr 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781595585288
Publisher: The New Press
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Is the face of American baseball throughout the world that of goodwill ambassador or ugly American? Has baseball crafted its own image or instead been at the mercy of broader forces shaping our society and the globe? The Empire Strikes Out gives us the sweeping story of how baseball and America are intertwined in the export of "the American way." From the Civil War to George W. Bush and the Iraq War, we see baseball's role in developing the American empire, first at home and then beyond our shores. And from Albert Spalding and baseball's first World Tour to Bud Selig and the World Baseball Classic, we witness the globalization of America's national pastime and baseball's role in spreading the American dream. Besides describing baseball's frequent and often surprising connections to America's presence around the world, Elias assesses the effects of this relationship both on our foreign policies and on the sport itself and asks whether baseball can play a positive role or rather only reinforce America's dominance around the globe. Like Franklin Foer in How Soccer Explains the World, Elias is driven by compelling stories, unusual events, and unique individuals. His seamless integration of original research and compelling analysis makes this a baseball book that's about more than just sports.

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Author(s): Robert Elias
Genre: History, Sports
Original Publish Date: Jan 19, 2010

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Author(s): Robert Elias
Narrator(s): William Hughes
Product Number Z100097619
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483066844

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