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The Spirit of the Game [Kindle Edition]

Mihir Bose
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This is a fascinating history of the origins and transformation of sport from a pastime to a business. Mihir Bose is the perfect mixture of dedicated historian, meticulous investigative journalist and an observer who has never lost his view that sport matters only because it has a meaning beyond money and celebrity. --Sir Michael Parkinson

Mihir Bose has covered the sports-politics-business nexus for almost 30 years. His hugely ambitious new book examines not only how sport has become big business but also how this change has altered the original concept of sporting spirit . . . Mr Bose s research is wide and deep, and his prose bright and clear. He has wonderfully illuminated the rise and fall of the sporting spirit.--Simon Kuper, FT

A readable account of sport's tortuous journey from simple hobby to global behemoth.--Chris Maume, Independent

It s a huge undertaking and Bose . . . knows his stuff.--Metro

Excellent new book.--Choice Magazine

It s a huge undertaking and Bose, as you would expect from the BBC Sports editor, know his stuff.-- Metro

Wonderfully rich in historical detail and anecdote. --Ed Smith, Spectator

The Book is full of fascinating detail, told with exuberance and learning. It is a superbly entertaining read.--Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph

Comprehensive, perceptive, well-informed.--Simon Redfern, Independent on Sunday.

Packed with fascinating stories.--We Love This Book

Bose's impressive book collates a vast amount of detail. --Evening Standard

Mihir Bose has covered the sports-politics-business nexus for almost 30 years. His hugely ambitious new book examines not only how sport has become big business but also how this change has altered the original concept of sporting spirit . . . Mr Bose s research is wide and deep, and his prose bright and clear. He has wonderfully illuminated the rise and fall of the sporting spirit. --Simon Kuper, FT

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How sport lost its Corinthian spirit, and why big business and politicians jumped on the band wagon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 971 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (19 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RYLW1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I very much enjoyed reading about how organised sport started on the playing fields of Rugby when it was all about fair play. Then sport became international with the Olympics at the turn of the 19th century. Gambling accelerated the growth of sport, the British spread sport through their empire, Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin all used sport to promote their dictatorships. Then came adidas, Bernie Ecclestone, ping pong diplomacy and so on until the modern day where sport is big business. But what happened to the spirit of the game? This book is fascinating read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly Average 22 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you have read very few sports books and want a general overview of key events of the last 100 years then this is for you.

If you have read around a bit then you will soon realise that this feels like a pulling together of an authors research neatly summarised rather than anything insightful in its own right.

It reads very easily but offers nothing new.

500 odd pages read and nothing new learnt.

Average. Very average.
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By C. Ball TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I started out really enjoying this book, but it started to drag about two thirds in and I have to confess I largely skim read from there on.

The premise is certainly interesting enough - tracing how sport has developed from being at first nothing more than a form of physical exercise, through the Arnold/Coubertin ideal of sport as a form of morality, embued with a meaning and nobility all of its own, on into the modern day. He covers a fascinating array of sports, from football and cricket, tennis, Formula 1, snooker, the Olympics - but sometimes the transitions from a discussion of one sport to another is a little jarring, and the segues aren't always entirely clear.

Nowadays the idea of sport simultaneously represents the best and worst of mankind, where the ideas of 'playing the game', 'fair play', 'not the winning but the taking part' sit very uneasily alongside sport as a money-making enterprise, a business, a commodity to be bought and sold. It was when Bose starts talking about the business aspects of sport that he lost me. The tangle of politics, backroom deals, business ventures and financial entanglements just bogged down the text, and I found it all a real slog to get through.

However, those who are perhaps more interested in the politics and economics may find it fascinating; my own interest has always been more historical, so I found the sections on Thomas Arnold and Coubertin's establishment of the Olympics especially interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of the Game 12 May 2012
By GeorgeT
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very comprehensive and well researched piece of work, a must for all PE/Sport students who need to look at the place sport has in, and how it has shaped, modern society.
The early chapters do feel a little 'too studious' and are a little 'heavy' in places, but they are still an enjoyable read.
It is only when you 'get into' the latter parts of the book -the 1936 games; the political significance attached to sport; the role of commercialism/ sponsorship etc... that the book, for me at least, really came alive and had real significance to modern sport and the world we live in.
Mihir Bose is an excellent reporter - concise and insightful, and this is reflected in the book as a whole.
A must in Olympic (or should that be Jubilympic) year for any serious scholar of modern sport and society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent meticulously researched book 19 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a fascinating and detailed book on the effect of politics on sport and how sport progressed from Tom Brown's Schooldays to the modern world.
If you want to understand the UK's position in sport today and why it is where it is now this will give you the historical background.
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