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The Empire Strikes Out ★ [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Empire Strikes Out By Robert Elias ✪ – It's our game America's game it has the snap go fling of the American atmosphere belongs as much to our institutions fits into them as significantly as our Constitution's laws and is just as important It's our game America's game it has the snap go fling of the American atmosphere belongs as much to our institutions fits into them as significantly as our Constitution's laws and is just as important in the sum total of our historic life WALT WHITMAN SPEAKING ABOUT BASEBALL Is the face of American baseball throughout the world that of goodwill ambassador or ugly The Empire PDF \ American Has baseball crafted its own image or instead been at the mercy of broader forces shaping our society and the globe The Empire Strikes Out gives us the sweeping story of how baseball and America are intertwined in the export of the American way From the Civil War to George W Bush and the Ira War we see baseball's role in developing the American empire first at home and then beyond our shores And from Albert Spalding and baseball's first World Tour to Bud Selig and the World Baseball Classic we witness the globalization of America's national pastime and baseball's role in spreading the American dream Besides describing baseball's freuent and often surprising connections to America's presence around the world Elias assesses the effects of this relationship both on our foreign policies and on the sport itself and asks whether baseball can play a positive role or rather only reinforce America's dominance around the globe Like Franklin Foer in How Soccer Explains the World Elias is driven by compelling stories unusual events and uniue individuals His seamless integration of original research and compelling analysis makes this a baseball book that's about than just sports.

10 thoughts on “The Empire Strikes Out

  1. Mitchell Mitchell says:

    Good history but horrible political science Unfortunately Elias is determined to fit his lefty views into every paragraph somehow At points it is laughable My favorite is his uestion suggesting that it may not be a coincidence that Bad News Bears was released the same week that Lt Calley of My Lai infamy appealed his conviction I can go on Many of Elias' comments could just as easily be made about Canada's spread of hockey or the NBA's successful global dominanceThere is uite a bit of interesting history and there really could and should have been Who knew that Sir Thomas Lipton became a baseball fan while studying in the US and tried to introduce the game on his tea plantations? While Elias keeps trying to assert that the US military was responsible for the spread of baseball he passes by many interesting anecdotes about people who studied in the US and introduced baseball to their countries including Japan The Japanese and Cubans were as instrumental in its spread as the US was Cubans introduced baseball to Mexico and Japanese immigrants introduced baseball to Brazil Maybe some day somebody will write a better book with fewer polemics

  2. Margaret Sankey Margaret Sankey says:

    Study of one of American's perennial soft power exportsbaseball From it's popularity in the Civil War leading to bonding with muscular Christianity and the YMCA presence at every military base remittances funding Cuban rebels local people learning for both inclusion and defiance especially when they win American Legion baseball Presidents throwing out first pitches women and light skinned Caribbean players during WWII to avoid losing them to the draft war bond drives Hank Greenberg and Jo DiMaggio Americanized from being a Jew and an Italian Cold War cultural tours and the continued fatal entwining of warsports metaphors As an aside several Goodreads readers all obvious warnings to the contrary picked this up believing it to be a paean to Jesus Apple Pie and Baseball and then had a liberal bias you hate AMERICA freak out over basic information like baseball was segregated and the US did Bad Things in Guatemala Dude if this revelation makes you too physically sick to read you're not ready for Big Boy Books

  3. Jay Jay says:

    Oh my I hoped this would be a book about baseball And while there are stories from baseball it is really a diatribe against the business of baseball and against the government of the United States when governed by conservatives Any story from the past 100 years that mentioned baseball in a foreign country or with the military gets ink here including multiple stories about the making of baseballs Yes sporting goods manufacturers get demonized as much as Major League Baseball here The author implies conspiracy time and again for instance using as evidence that MLB teams in Washington and San Francisco have military appreciation nights to illustrate baseball’s ties to the military Hey the White Sox have a librarian appreciation day – does that mean baseball is tied to the publishing empire? The book is full of snide and over flowery side comments aimed at degrading the country or the business of baseball A typical uote from near the end of the book “Baseball’s export abroad has brought the American dream to a few but an American nightmare for others” And that’s one of the optimistic pronouncements in the book It also gets uite repetitive especially when discussing Republican presidents Bush gets a large amount of vitriol here as expected given his history with baseball But I wonder would this book have been written before Bush became president or if he was tied to another sport like basketball? I doubt it I listened to this on audio This probably added to my aversion to the book because I couldn’t skim over the most repetitive parts and I couldn’t ignore the bizarre political logic I tend not to listen to political books in general because of those issues I did finish the book I’d prefer having my time back In summary the baseball stories while at times interesting get outweighed by the repetitive negativity about baseball and government policies over the past century On the plus side I really like the picture on the cover of Uncle Sam swinging a bat

  4. Tim Basuino Tim Basuino says:

    This started off well enough with an explanation for the term “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and the insinuation of what America’s most loved and hated team really stands for Unfortunately Page 1 was one of the few useful pieces in this story about baseball’s interrelationship with world politicsI get that baseball isn’t perfect – certainly it’s had a long history of poor policies regarding race sex and war But it isn’t awful either especially when one compares it with other major sports in the States and in spite of what some might say in my humble opinion the decline in African American participation in baseball has little to do with racism but much to do with opportunities in other endeavors – and the participation of many other groups of people In some ways baseball has been a leader in getting people together and expanding opportunities for the youth not that we’d ever learn this hereBut what bothers me most about this is some lazy editing – Barry Zito was not traded from the A’s to the Giants he leaped across the bay via free agency And Bull Durham came out in 1988 which is 15 years prior to 2003 not 25 Those two factoids I have memorized but could’ve been easily corrected if there’d been an editor worth a damn Which makes me wonder about the stories I don’t know by heart

  5. Bill O& Bill O& says:

    Admittedly hardball's a pretty narrow lens through which to examine America's history of militarism from the Revolutionary War through WWs I and II Vietnam and beyond But Elias who's both a baseball lover and a patriot the kind who thinks America should actually you know live up to its ideals renders a compelling shadow history of both sport and nation Especially interesting are his observations about how Americans who spread hardball abroad to Japan for instance or Cuba have been continually surprised that it doesn't automatically make Americans out of the locals who instead interpret the sport as a reflection of their own national character and ideals Also plenty of revealing stuff about baseball's links to militarism in the 1800s until the 1920s it and not football was most linked to the martial virtues and especially how Major League Baseball's leadership has repeatedly sold out the game itself fans players etc under the guise of patriotism but actually in the interests of preserving their monopoly status and enriching their bank accounts A good piece of work By the way this was my seventh annual baseball book mostly read like the others on the train or bus home typically to catch a Phis game

  6. Beth Wyse Beth Wyse says:

    About a uarter of the way through I thought about uitting but I kept going Now that I'm finished I wish I had stopped The research seems to be good and it does include baseball stories However the author dislikes organized baseball MLB the US Government and the US Military I should have read the reviews and then I would have known what to expect At times he criticizes MLB for things and suggests they could have done the alternative which he had already described negatively If you can overlook his bias and just read the baseball facts you'll enjoy it I could site specifics but many reviewers already have; just read their reviews I listened to the MP3 and the negativitysarcasm was tough to push through

  7. Kim Kim says:

    This book contained factinating materrial and covers very important topics However often than not its rhetoric was overblown and conclusory Rather than being persuasive the use of language often provoked a negative reaction on my part although I am in agreement with the author on most of his arguments The was a great deal of repetition which made the book overlong and buried some of the most interesting revelations

  8. Steven Steven says:

    I think this is a good history of baseball It's interesting to read about Washington's troops playing an early version of the game while camped out during the Revolutionary War and the way the game supplanted Cricket because Cricket was considered a British gameHowever the author is an extraordinarily liberalprogressive professor who of course writes as though his view of things is completely neutral and fair But in the eyes of Elias America is an imperialist Empire constantly looking to oppress the poor and annex the rest of the world After a few chapters of this I gave up on the book Elias strikes me as one of those who can find nothing redeeming in the United States Of course he still lives here But I would be shocked if he thinks his home is the greatest nation on earth I'm not asking him to say the US is perfect But it would be nice if he could admit that there is a tremendous amount of good in our history Has any other nation done as much as the United States to lift up the lives of the poor both here and abroad? To embrace civil rights for all? Again we're not perfect but as Elias tells it Uncle Sam is just some absentee father who would rather drink his paychecks and never come home and leave mom to raise the kids alone And if he does come home he's drunk and beats everyone mercilessly I don't see it that way and will not waste than a few hours on a book like this not when there are good books than I could read in ten lifetimes Why bother with such neo Marxist cynicism?In Elias' defense the title DOES indicate what is coming

  9. Scott Martin Scott Martin says:

    Audiobook An interesting take on the American Pastime Elias discusses the history of baseball but not just from a purely sports perspective The history of baseball and American politics are intertwined both on the domestic and foreign policy front Where most nowadays might associate baseball with a calmer peaceful game think George Carlin's famous routine comparing baseball to football but that has not always been the case Even today baseball is very much a symbol of American actions and it can be as warlike as any other sport This work is probably not going to be popular with some especially on the right as it take a sharply critical look at baseball and the ills associated with its actions especially the way it is used as part of US government policy It is informative and Elias does present a compelling case even if it not one that MLB will appreciate The audiobook is engaging For a student of US policy and sports this work is an intriguing mix that might be worth the read

  10. Joseph Joseph says:

    Horrible politics good research The Author tries to hard to bend the evidence to his left wing views Tons of fun facts here thoughSir Thomas Lipton became a baseball fan tried to introduce the game on his tea plantations Abraham Lincoln missed his vote as a republican presidential candidate to take his at bat Eisenhower played semi pro ball which could of jeopardized his west point scholarship and in 1962 Kennedy once stood up the Laos Ambassador to see the Washington Senator's on Openning Day Nixon advocated a true world series with teams in Havana and Mexico City in the 1950s This dream was partially realized by the World Baseball Classic The author's best critical writing is indeed on the WBC which does likely need to be changed from its current pro MLB format to better serve the spread of the game

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