Rough Rider, Rough Sport

by John J. Miller on August 14, 2011

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Judy Battista reviews The Big Scrum in the New York Times:

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.

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