China Hoops
April 11, 2012

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

Outward, and Inward, Bound
December 20, 2011

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

Nostalgia at Bat
May 15, 2011

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

The Old New Journalism
October 25, 2010

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

The Rest of Munich
September 03, 2010

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

Lords of the Ring
August 17, 2010

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

Race to the Plate
March 12, 2010

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

March 05, 2010

Not many books get written on Ivy League athletics, which is a shame. While the Ivy League may not be particularly important to the world of sports, s

O Brother
October 30, 2009

Something wonderful, or terrible, is taking place in Philadelphia. The city's sports fans, whose only consistent love has been for an inanimate object--the statue of Rocky--are becoming warm and fuzzy. Sort of. Kind of. Well, about as nice as they are ever going to get in Philly, where fans have made their national mark with nastiness, boos, and a perverse fondness for losing. But now the city is confronted with a success story greater than any since the signing of the Constitution (which wasn't so pretty, either). It's the Philadelphia Phillies, of course.

Against 'Moneyball'
October 17, 2009

Whatever happens in the National League and American League Championship series unfolding over the next week or so, one outcome has already been decided--the effective end of the theories of Moneyball as a viable way to build a playoff-caliber baseball team when you don't have the money. That no doubt sounds like heresy to the millions who embraced Michael Lewis's 2003 book, but all you need to do is keep in mind one number this postseason: 528,620,438.