Pigskin Nation: How the NFL Remade American Politics


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University of Illinois Press
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6.0 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Jesse Berrett earned a PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked as a rock critic, television columnist, and book reviewer. He teaches history at University High School in San Francisco.


"A superb cultural history."--Publisher's Weekly

"Accessible, well-researched, and insightful, Pigskin Nation is a compelling book." --Journal of Sport History

"Jesse Berrett's Pigskin Nation is an insightful account of how professional football intersected with politics between 1966 and 1974, and how the sport "became both a metaphor for American achievement and an effective means of reaching voters."" --Journal of American History

"Pigskin Nation makes an important contribution and should find a welcome home in sport history courses and among general readers interested in how pro football became a commonplace part of political culture." --Sport History Review

"The book is extensively researched throughout, and Berrett includes copious notes, which will prove helpful for sports historians and general readers alike. Recommended." --Choice
"Pigskin Nation: How the NFL Remade American Politics offers much to chroniclers of the relationship between popular culture and politics. . . . In its all-encompassing depiction of the decades-long relationship between American football and American politics that can, in turn, provide a more productive way to consider the political realities and ramifications of football in the twenty-first century." --Journal of American Culture