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Ping Pong Fever: The Madness That Swept 1902 America Paperback – March 29, 2012
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The book has an unbelievable number of excerpts from newspapers of the time, giving readers a flavor of just how the game was viewed in those days. Numerous Ping pong cartoons also adorn the pages. The book has 26 chapters divided into six sections: 1. Going Viral; 2. Changing Lives; 3. The Victims and Their Gatherings; 4. Serious Cases; 5. How It All Started; and 6. How It All Ended. There are also ten "Side-Spin" sub-chapters that cover various themes, as well as an epilogue with four sections.
One of the best chapters is the one titled "Who Really Invented It?", which explains that "As with many inventions, this one was evolutionary, not revolutionary." The chapter gives "...the true early history of table tennis and ping pong, the most complete and accurate yet published, beginning at the beginning.Read more ›
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The author quotes newspaper accounts of early matches, attitudes, and society gossip -- anything and everything that is relevant to the origins of ping pong. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Hastivibrax
I have played tournament table tennis since 1948, and loved this book for telling how the sport came to the U.S. in 1902. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Dean