Sports

Paterno owes its success to our preposterous sepia-toned ideal of the coach.

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For years, the American press has anticipated a gay athlete in a major sport. This month, he fought in Florida.

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Waterworld

The connection between swimming and growth lies at the heart of Leanne Shapton’s new book Swimming Studies, a beautifully written and illustrated medi

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China Hoops

As Jim Yardley writes in Brave Dragons, a narrative of the year he spent with a team from the coal-belt city of Taiyuan, the Chinese basketball league

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Outward, and Inward, Bound

The shadow of Henry David Thoreau casts itself over many Americans who write about the natural world, and although John Casey works here on a vastly d

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Today the thrill which African-Americans once received from—and gave back to—the game of baseball at every level is all but gone. They make up less th

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Gay Talese is, famously, one of the founders of the movement of lively and literary reportage known as the New Journalism, and one of the most imitate

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The Rest of Munich

This is not a history of the Black September attack—indeed, that element is given oddly short shrift. Instead, they aim to tell the story of the prepa

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Lords of the Ring

Introduced into the country first by the British and then their Irish cousins, prize fighting had become an integral part of American leisure time by

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Race to the Plate

Relatively few people know of a most unusual story, and one that confounds many of our expectations about life in the Jim Crow era. It is the story o

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