Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game from the Library of Congress (Abrams, $30), edited by Susan Reyburn, tells the story of football from its origins in pre-colonial America to the modern game we know today. Etchings, photographs, paintings, and memorabilia bring the history to life. Yale’s Walter Camp codified the rules of football in the late nineteenth century, making mainstream what had been perceived as an outlaw sport. Stars like Jim Thorpe and Red Grange firmly fixed football’s place in the public imagination and our popular culture. Archival documents, posters, cartoons, and advertisements show how the sport has changed as our country has changed. For football fans and students of the game, this book is a celebration of an American institution.
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