The Spirit of the Game

The Spirit of the Game
Mihir Bose
Reviewed by Venyhamin
Constable
Fri, 20/01/2012
9781849015042
£18.99

As they built and expanded their Empire, the British exported many sports around the globe along with Corinthian notions of team spirit and discipline, with the Duke of Wellington famously boasting that the Battle of Waterloo was won by the qualities nurtured on the playing fields of Eton.

In this informative book Mihir Bose debunks myths and provides some fascinating insights as he explores how the amateur origins of sport were lost as professional codes emerged and commercialization took over.  He also investigates the rise of the sporting celebrity and sport as a weapon between nations as evidenced by the alleged underhand dealings for the right to hold World Cup tournaments.  Although slightly let down by rather dry academic prose, Bose’s book is packed with fascinating stories.

Sport, games

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