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Rivals: Legendary Matchups That Made Sports History
edited by David K. Wiggins and R . Pierre Rodgers
University of Arkansas Press, 2010
Cloth: 978-1-55728-920-9 | Paper: 978-1-55728-921-6 | eISBN: 978-1-61075-349-4
Library of Congress Classification GV571.R58 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.09

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The sixteen original essays in this collection cover influential and famous rivalries from a variety of sports, including track and field, golf, boxing, basketball, tennis, ice skating, baseball, football, soccer, and more. The essays are diverse, but together they illustrate what is common to any rivalry: equally matched opponents that often have decidedly different backgrounds, styles, and personalities. These differences may center on race and culture, political and societal ideologies, personality, geography, or religion—a mix intensified by fans and the media. From highly publicized and emotionally charged individual competitions to bitterly fought team contests, Rivals illuminates what one-of-a-kind opponents and the passion they inspire tell us about ourselves and our society.
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