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The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad Hardcover – February 9, 2010

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Mixing sharp political analysis and compelling lore, an eye-opening look at baseball's relationship to American empire, from the revolutionary era to the present

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The Empire Strikes Out is a rare and wonderful combination of splendid scholarship and lively writing. Robert Elias' affection for baseball illuminates its pages, even when he is unearthing episodes of organized baseball's racism, jingoism, unbridled militarism and insensitivity to other cultures. Simultaneously, and gracefully, the book describes the development of baseball and its impact overseas as a sort of quasi instrument of American foreign policy.
The recent internationalization of major-league rosters makes the book particularly timely. A truly fine work. Highly recommended.
- Roger Kahn, author of The Boys of Summer, The Era, Memories of Summer, October Men, Joe and Marilyn, etc.

Lively and provocative, this is the "big picture" look at the entangled, and sometimes nefarious, relationship between our national pastime and American diplomacy, militarism, and globalization. Well crafted, it is, at once, nuanced, imaginative, and provocative. Robert Elias' provides a riveting account of how our national pastime has been part and parcel of American diplomacy, militarism, and globalization.This is the definitive account of how baseball has been used to sell and export the American dream.
- George Gmelch, author of Baseball Without Borders, Inside Pitch, In the Ballpark, etc.

About the Author

Robert Elias teaches law and politics at the University of San Francisco. He's the author and editor of eight books, most recently Baseball and the American Dream, and a baseball novel, The Deadly Tools of Ignorance. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Press, The; Illustrated edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1595581952
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1595581952
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.68 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.46 x 1.31 x 9.48 inches
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Robert Elias is Professor of Politics and Chair of Legal Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he has received the Sarlo Prize, the Distinguished Research Award, and Frank Beach Service Award, and been a Davies Professor and the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair. He teaches courses on U.S. political history, human rights, constitutional law, American foreign policy, and baseball. Elias was educated at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.), Penn State University (M.A., PhD), and the University of Strasbourg (Certificate). He is the author of eight books, and numerous essays and articles in both popular and academic periodicals. He's the Editor in Chief of Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice. He's received numerous honors, including a Fulbright Award and two MacArthur Grants. He’s taught at the University of California—Berkeley, Tufts University, the University of Maryland, and Penn State University. He’s been a researcher at the Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies (Boston), Oxfam America (Boston), the Vera Institute of Justice (New York), the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva), and the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg). He lives in Mill Valley, California.

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