Paula E. Morton
University of New Mexico Press
MSC05 3185, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
9780826355492, $19.95, PB, 176pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In the pages of "Jai Alai: A Cultural History of the Fastest Game in the World", independent journalist and the author, Paula Morton provides a fun, concise introduction to jai alai, a fast-paced ball game with ancient roots that is admired by fans for the sport's power and spectacle. Cesta punta, as the game is known in its Basque homeland, became a phenomenon during the twentieth century as organized jai alai spread from Spain into the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States, and Asia.
"Jai Alai: A Cultural History of the Fastest Game in the World" deftly outlines the multifaceted history of the sport, from its beginnings in Basque country to its North American "unveiling" at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Centennial Exposition and World's Fair and to its rise and fall in popularity in the United States.
Guest essays and historic photographs offer extensive insight into the sport's fascinating history. Morton further explores the players and venues, providing a carefully crafted and thoroughly researched look into jai alai. Sports lovers and cultural history enthusiasts will marvel at the sport's unique history and reach.
Critique: An impressive combination of sports history and cultural study, "Jai Alai: A Cultural History of the Fastest Game in the World" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated Jai Alai enthusiasts that this outstanding and thoroughly 'reader friendly' study is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
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|Title Annotation:||Jai Alai: A Cultural History of the Fastest Game in the World|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2019|
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