Good Times

K Lo: Thanks for noticing the New York Times review of my latest book, The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football.

It’s a big improvement over what the Times said the last time it reviewed one of my books. Here’s its appraisal of Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France (co-authored by Mark Molesky):

the whole book is a mad charge (whose only equivalent I know is the fascist French literature of the 30′s)

The reviewer was Bernard-Henri Levy, who is of course insufferable. So it was more amusing than anything else. I’ve boasted about this putdown ever since. Have you ever been compared to a fascist on the pages of the Times?

Anyway, here’s Judy Battista, who covers the NFL for the Times, on The Big Scrum:

Miller, a correspondent for National Review, provides a richly detailed history of football’s founding, with occasional detours into how Roosevelt, who had been an asthmatic child, came to embrace “the strenuous life” so much that once his political career bloomed, he worried Americans might not want a “sporting president.”

For those who know little about how football came to be — and how long the debate over player safety versus the appealing physicality of the game has gone on — “The Big Scrum” is a useful primer, introducing us to some of the sport’s most famous pioneers.

Just in time for football season!

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

Most Popular

U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More