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Something like the gods
Stephen Amidon

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Something like the gods
a cultural history of the athlete from Achilles to Lebron
Stephen Amidon

Published 2012 by Rodale Books in Emmaus, Penn .
Written in English.

About the Book

"A lively, literary exploration of one of the West's most iconic cultural figures--the athlete Why is the athlete so important to us? Few public figures can dominate the public imagination with such power and authority. Even in our cynical times, when celebrities can be debunked at the speed of light, many still look to athletes as models for our moral and emotional lives. An aging fastballer goes for a few last wins in his final season, and he becomes an exemplar for our daily struggles against time. A top golfer cheats on his wife, and his behavior sparks a symposium on marital fidelity more wideranging than if the lapse had come from a politician or religious leader. Drawing from art, literature, politics, and history, Something Like the Gods explores the powerful grip the athlete has always held on the Western imagination. Amidon examines the archetype of the competitor as it evolved from antiquity to the present day, from athlete-warriors such as Achilles and Ulysses to global media icons like Ali, Jordan, and Tiger Woods. Above all, Something Like the Gods is a lyrical study that will appeal to anyone who has ever imagined themselves in the spikes, boots, or sneakers of our greatest athletes--or wondered why people do"--

Edition Notes

Includes index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
306.4/83
Library of Congress
GV706.5 A46 2012

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25214444M
ISBN 13
9781609611231
LC Control Number
2012002365

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