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  • Hardcover
  • 404 pages
  • Squash: A History of the Game
  • James Zug
  • English
  • 15 July 2017

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Squash: A History of the Game In this detailed account of a sport few Americans know much about, Zug, a former Dartmouth squash player and freelance writer, intersperses throughout his narrative elements of surprise with analogies and references to draw readers into this unfamiliar terrain For instance, he begins by explaining that squash, known primarily as an elitist endeavor reserved for prep schoolers and yuppies, developed in London s Fleet Prison in the early s But Zug makes squash relevant by capturing an interesting parallel between the game and American social movements as he details squash s evolution from the pastime of America s most exclusive universities and clubs to the emergence of women on the American squash scene in the s and America s fitness obsession in the late s and s, which made the game accessible to the middle class and brought squash courts to every neighborhood YMCA from coast to coast Further, realizing that a sport is only as compelling as its champions, Zug presents colorful bios of the game s best and most eccentric players, including college dropout and Deadhead Mark Talbot, John McEnroe like Victor Niedhoffer who retired in his prime to protest the sport s anti Semitic stance in the s and Roshan Khan from a famous squash family, his lusty lifestyle led Ted Kennedy to say he came from the Irish part of Pakistan While only squash fanatics will find this detailed work a must read, Zug s passion for and knowledge of the game make this a unique addition to the library of sports histories CopyrightReed Business Information, IncWho would have thought squash, the game in which a little ball is smashed into a wall with racquets, could be so endlessly fascinating, so steeped in culture and history Zug, a longtime squash player, begins in the s, when tennis was all the rage But by the early s, there were variations of the game, including one called racquets, created by inmates in the Fleet, a British debtors prison From there we move smoothly on to the s, when students at elite Harrow School, just outside London, transmuted racquets into the game we now call squash The author charts the modern history of squash from the s to the present day with gusto, introducing us to dozens of the game s best and most flamboyant players best and flamboyant seem to go hand in hand in squash circles , explaining why this seemingly simple game is among the most subtle and hard to learn sports It s one of those books about a very specialized topic that somehow turns out to be surprisingly readable even for those unfamiliar with the subject David Pitt Copyright American Library Association All rights reserved


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