The Corner

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

Law & the Courts

The Second(-Class) Amendment

Editor’s Note: The following is the fourth in a series of articles in which Mr. Yoo and Mr. Phillips will lay out a course of constitutional restoration, pointing out areas where the Supreme Court has driven the Constitution off its rails and the ways the current Court can put it back on track. The first entry ... Read More
World

The Mad, Mad Meditations of Monsieur Macron

Almost everything French president Emmanuel Macron has said recently on the topic of foreign affairs, the United States, and nationalism and patriotism is silly. He implicitly rebukes Donald Trump for praising the idea of nationalism as a creed in which citizens of sovereign nations expect their leaders to put ... Read More
World

The Brexit Crisis

After what seem like years of a phony war, British and European Union negotiators finally agreed on the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU earlier this week, and Theresa May announced it in the House of Commons. The deal covers more than 500 pages of legal and bureaucratic prose, and few but the ... Read More