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What's My Name, Fool?

What's My Name, Fool?

Sports and Resistance in the United States

Dave Zirin (Author)

  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 300
  • Released: Jan 7, 2005
  • ISBN-13: 9781931859202


What's My Name, Fool?offers a no-holds-barred look at the business of sports today. In humorous and accessible language, Zirin shows how sports express the worst, as well as the most creative and exciting, features of American society. A provocative and engaging look at the dirty business of sports, and the inspired people who play them. From icons of past like Muhammad Ali (who taunted his opponents in the ring with the title of this book, after changing his name from Cassius Clay) and Billie Jean King, to today's global superstars like Kobe Bryant and Barry Bonds, Zirin engages with the world of sports like no other sportswriter today.
"Beautifully illustrates the connection between sports, struggle, politics, and resistance."
--Chuck D; Public Enemy
"I am a baseball fan, and I love this book. It is so refreshing to have a sports writer who writes with such verve and intelligence, who also has a social conscience,and who refuses to keep those parts of his life separate. This is a rare contribution to social history, something I have been looking for, a sports history which understands how the issues of race and class are inextricable from the world of sports."
--Howard Zinn, third baseman, switch hitter.

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