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In the Shadow of Quetzalcoatl: Zelia Nuttall and the Search for Mexico’s Ancient Civilizations

This book does an exemplary job of conveying this distinctive story of a single mother who accomplished many wondrous things in a world and an era that were decidedly against her.

Famous for a Time: Forgotten Giants of Canadian Sport

An engaging book that looks at the link between sports, race, class, and nation building.

Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson

Recommended for tennis fans and readers interested in race.

Major League Rebels: Baseball Battles Over Workers’ Rights and American Empire

Elias and Drier have exceptional insight on behind-the-scenes labor fights in the MLB; a fine depiction of capitalist avarice. A must for baseball fans.

Cuba: An American History

A captivating history of Cuba, highly recommended for general readers and specialists alike.

All In: An Autobiography

An absorbing story, richly told by one of the 20th century’s pioneering sports figures and social activists. An essential memoir that will inspire and stay with readers of all ages.

The Optimist: A Case for the Fly Fishing Life

A lovely, ruminative book about a venerable sport; it bears comparison to Adrian Smith’s Monsters of Rivers and Rock. Coggins’s enthusiasm for fly fishing is so infectious that the book will readily hook non-fishers as well.

Voyagers: The Settlement of the Pacific

It could be said that this work is cursory in handling its biggest themes, but Thomas successfully draws readers into this fascinating, often-overlooked history and offers plenty of resources for those looking to read more.

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