Sport

By Mike Cronin,

Book cover of Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Book description

Sport is big business; international in nature and the focus of much media and cultural attention. In this Very Short Introduction, Mike Cronin charts the history of sport, from its traditional origins in folk football and cock fighting to its position as a global phenomenon today. Looking at a variety…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Sport as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

In the late 1990s I asked Mike Cronin to join me in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture that I had set up at De Montfort University. Initially he was wary. He later told me that, although he saw me as a leader in the development of sports history, he also viewed me as a strange, perhaps outdated creature: the economic historian. I welcomed him to Jurassic Park. I admire this book because Mike covers world sporting development in just 40,000 words, a task that took me over 100,000 more (but mine is cheaper by the page!). More…

Want books like Sport?

Our community of 10,000+ authors has personally recommended 49 books like Sport.

Browse books like Sport

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in sports, soccer, and sports journalism?

10,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about sports, soccer, and sports journalism.

Sports Explore 822 books about sports
Soccer Explore 61 books about soccer
Sports Journalism Explore 13 books about sports journalism