Zirin,D. (2005). What`sMy Name Fool? Sports and Resistance in United States(4th ed.). Haymarket Books.
DaveZirin is well known in the country as an American politicalsportswriter. He worked for The Nation magazine that mainly featuredpolitics and culture. During his time working at the Nation, hewrites a blog by the heading Edgeof Sports: theweekly sports column by Dave Zirin.This is followed by him being featured in a total of nine books asthe author by the year 2017. He is ranked among the best sportswriterof all time in America. According to edition such as Lester Rodney, asports editor of the New York Daily between the year 1936 and 1958,Zirin’s book brings out a high degree of brightness and audaciousvoices. His books have dominated the sport writing scene since 1920s.
Onthe other hand, Mathew Rothschild, an author of The Progressivemagazine explains that Zirin work display an amazing talent that canbe employed in the sport and political coverage. He resembles hisapproach to writing as one ranging like a great shortsport. In hisbooks, he profiles majorly the athletes who have shown high levels ofcourage and provided inspiration to many. Another common thing aboutthese athletes is that they have all one time stood up for peen andcivil liberties during their time in the athletic business. His workhas also been ranked as a cutting -edge analysis that is created by aperson with high levels of wit and compassion (Mike Marqusee, author,RedemptionSong: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties)
The Theme of the Book
Thebook majorly focuses on the racism that has cropped up in the mediaindustry and the fandom. In some of his chapter the author talksabout sexism and gay-bashing. Other themes that are captured in thebook included the existing of union in sports and the relationshipthat the athletes had with their country.
The Thesis of the Book
Theauthor claims that there exists exploitation in the big-time sportsmainly as a result of sexism and racism that has spread to the mediaindustry and fandom. In order to achieve in proving his thesis, hegoes ahead to examine the famous athletes in the country noting downtheir lifestyles. He also goes for the athletes who run big-timesports and in their case, he looks into the existing links betweentheir sport events and the blind patriotism. A number of materials hecombines with his research include the old interview documents thathe had collected in the past. In his book, he features the 1938Louis-Schmeling heavyweight championship fight, a fight between Blackson of a sharecropper and the finest Hitler’s Master Race. Later hetalks about the fight between Muhammad Ali and Robinson. In the firstcase, he uses it to prove the existing racism and in the second heties the race issue to the nations agenda. He points out that theathlete did not compromise their principles while at the fightcausing Muhammad Ali to change his name to Cassius Clay. In some ofhis chapter the author talks about sexism and gay-bashing. He claimsin his books most of the leading athletes are scared to come outclean about their sexual practice mostly those who practiced gays.Among the athletes, he lists Martina Navratilova, Mia Hamm, KatieHnidis, Billie Jean King and Esera Tuaolo. According to hisallegations, he claims that these athletes are scared of coming outpublic because of the risk of losing their finances and publicprotest against their practice. However, the author does not coverthe issue of gays and lesbian deeply as other themes. Other factorsthat he looks into to support his thesis include featuring of theexisting of union in sports and the relationship that the athleteshad with their country
Thebook What’s My Name Fool? Is well organized in terms of events. Init is easy for one to follow thought the book from start to the end.While reading on cannot that the story has an organized flow, thatis, fromLester Rodney to Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali to the 1968 Olympicsto Marvin Miller and Curt Flood to Dave Meggyesy to Title IX toBillie Jean King and Martina Navratilova to Ricky Williams and theother events fall in between the featured events. As per the approachtaken above, the thesis can be proved to be true. In addition, theevidence that the author uses include a number of columns, interviewsand essays which can be enough to produce a thorough research work.
Ifind Zirin quite a persistent person and one who remains isimpossible to get bogged down due to heavy theorizing. His work iscreated with compassion, humor, and a saber-like sharpness which makehis work among the best books. However, I am not in agreement withall that the author says. In the context of trying to conveypolitical ideas by what he experiences in life, I find myselfagreeing with him.
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King,C. R. (2008). Toward a radical sport journalism: An interview withDave Zirin. Journalof Sport and Social Issues, 32(4),333-344.
Marqusee,M. (2005). Redemptionsong: Muhammad Ali and the spirit of the sixties.Verso.
Zirin,D. (2005). What`smy name, fool?: Sports and resistance in the United States.Haymarket Books.
Zirin,D. (2007). Welcometo the terrordome: The pain, politics, and promise of sports.Haymarket books.
Zirin,D. (2013). Apeople`s history of sports in the United States: 250 years ofpolitics, protest, people, and play.The New Press.