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Squash: A History of the Game Hardcover – September 23, 2003
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If I had one quibble it would be the author's dwelling on the stories and athletes with ties to the Ivy League's perennial squash powers. I could have used a little less history of Harvard's stars of the 1920's and a little more on some less well-known squash luminaries. For example, Heather McKay, the Australian, won the British Open 16 consecutive years, didn't lose a single game in a tournament for nine straight years, etc., etc., but merits two paragraphs?
Overall an impressive accomplishment for Mr. Zug. Well written, thoroughly researched, and heartfelt. Thanks!
Well anyway thats my 2 cents. Altogether I think this book is definitly a great read, and definitly very useful as a reference if you are writing an essay on the history of squash. Four star material.
Problems with the book: 1) The title does not indicate that it is a history of squash in America. Except for the very early history of squash in England, do not expect to find much outside the U.S. and Canada. 2) It is written for the squash player, and will be difficult to read for outsiders--except perhaps as a reference.
Good things about the book: Everything else.
Laced with humor, insight, history...this is as much a social history as the main players are revealed as the characters outside the game that are the Who's Who in rarified circles....this is the book for anyone wanting to know the people, the places, the courts, the equipment that were the game to the current state of the sport.
Jahangir Khan was replaced by Jansher Khan, the impeccable retriever of impossible balls who was unsquashable for next 10 years. The lanky, lean, mean. Between them, they played 37 times, score 18:19, there is no reference to such fierce and balanced rivalry.
Geoff Hunt was known to have most excruciating training regime, that included 40 sprints of 100 meters a day. 1981 World Open, against Geoff Hunt, Jahangir Khan lost the first game 7-9 to win the next three at 9-1, 9-2, 9-2. Geoff Hunt quipped," today I came to know what I have been doing to others."
Such Titanic moments are blacked out in this book. It speaks of Harvard, its players, their greatness.
The book neither looks across The Pond, nor at the Asians.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of detail, but very repetitive. Desperately needed more editing. Gives every squash enthusiast a real history of the game.Published on March 16, 2014 by weekend cyclist
Any hardball player will enjoy this book. Names and history that have fallen to the back of the brain will emerge anew.Published on January 14, 2014 by recasey
Well documented but hard to read. It seems repetitive and with no cohesiveness. It did not hold my attention for long.Published on December 28, 2013 by Martin Hernandez
Thoroughly enjoyed reading the background on the creation and evolution of the best sport in the world. Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by 66Etype
When I asked the squash pro at my club if he'd read Zug's book, he turned up his nose. He found much of the material self-indulgent. Read morePublished on May 24, 2007 by Jane May, author of HOOKED and DOGGY STYLE