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This convenient book provides fascinating information about sports throughout the world. Over 245 separate pieces written by the world's greatest authorities offer everything you could possibly want to know about hundreds of sports, including traditional sports and national games, and sporting events. Each entry includes an introduction to the sport, followed by details of its history, the rules of play and suggestions for further reading. Moreover, the volume explores the emotions and issues surrounding the sporting life and looks at sport as an essential part of human experience.Readers will find entries on acrobatics, the African Games, aggression, billiards and snooker, boxing, coaches and coaching, the Commonwealth Game, cricket, disabled sports, extreme sports, hang gliding, Highland Games, horse racing, judo, the media, motorcycle racing, pigeon racing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field events, traditional sports, umpires and umpiring, wrestling, women's sports, yachting, and much more.The Encyclopedia of World Sport was called "the newest sporting bible" by The [London] Times. and this easy to browse and read ebook edition makes a unique and fascinating collection available in to all global readers who care about sports and the sporting life.Praise for the Encyclopedia of World Sport...an impressive and heavyweight work, compiled with the help of a vast team of sports scholars and experts from all over the world, [with] fascinatingly detailed coverage of almost 300 sports, which include . . . some that you will probably never have heard of. How about trying your hand at Cudgeling, Buzkashi, Camogie or even Maori Darts? All the rules are here, along with a description of how the games evolved and are played.The Times (London)[The Encyclopedia of World Sport] was, honestly, so interesting, I wanted to read [it] from cover to cover. VOYAAccessible and enjoyable. GQ ActiveThe Encyclopedia of World Sport... is a truly phenomenal work....Anthropologist David Levinson and Karen Christensen must be proud of the sheer scale of this exhaustive work which is virtually a complete sporting library.... William Hill All Sport & Leisure (UK)International in scope, it also includes articles on sports little known in the United States?sports such as charioteering, korfball, luge, pelota, shinty, sumo, wushu, and the traditional games of various regions of the world.... In addition to the games themselves, the encyclopedia gives considerable attention to the social issues implicit in and illustrated by sport; articles address topics such as the diffusion of sports from one country to others, ethics, leadership, the media, patriotism, ritual, and violence ... scholarly, but readable and always informative.... Rettig on ReferenceWhat makes this a truly memorable reference work are the countless inserts, personal letters, and historical anecdotes about the sporting life for all libraries. Library JournalThis encyclopedia will be of great value to students and will also appeal to sports minded leisure readers. School Library JournalThe overall quality of the work and its unique coverage make it an outstanding addition. Booklist

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