Power Plays Politics Football and Other Blood Sports The pursuit and wielding of power may be America s most intoxicating and sometimes revolting pastime John M Barry award winning author of Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of and How It Ch

  • Title: Power Plays: Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports
  • Author: John M. Barry
  • ISBN: 9781578064045
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The pursuit and wielding of power may be America s most intoxicating and sometimes revolting pastime John M Barry, award winning author of Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America 1997 , purveys American uses and abuses of might in the media, in Washington, in Olympians, and in college football.With Power Plays Politics, Football, andThe pursuit and wielding of power may be America s most intoxicating and sometimes revolting pastime John M Barry, award winning author of Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America 1997 , purveys American uses and abuses of might in the media, in Washington, in Olympians, and in college football.With Power Plays Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports Barry draws together essays that examine the causes and effects of power He shows how much politics and powerful agendas affect our lives Barry draws from personal experience to probe deep into all aspects of gaining and expending personal clout.Reflecting on life as a major college football coach, on politicians such as Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and Jim Wright, or on such American athletes as world record holding hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah, Barry pushes past the glamour and glitz to tackle the nitty gritty, down and dirty stratagems that create and destroy America s most powerful figures.Barry s witty and well informed narrative voice keeps the discussion from becoming purely abstract His numerous examples, including candid moments from his own life, focus on people and specific events that remain and should remain in the public eye and imagination.Revealing the ethos, skills, and brinksmanship inherent in both sports and politics, Barry draws parallels between the two, often presenting sports as a metaphor for understanding the American political scene His poignant memoirs of coaching football, and his highly opinionated voice within the other essays, make Barry as much a character and example in the book as any of the people he profiles.Drawing on his 1989 book on the rise of Newt Gingrich and the fall of Jim Wright, The Ambition and the Power A True Story of Washington, Barry re envisions a book length argument as a series of profiles and shorter articles Barry creates in Power Plays Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports an engrossing and disturbing primer on American politics, helping readers to understand how might is made, manipulated, and lost.

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    1. John M. Barry

      John M Barry is an American author and historian, perhaps best known for his books on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 the influenza pandemic of 1918and his book on the development of the modern form of the ideas of separation of church and state and individual liberty His most recent book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty Viking 2012.Barry s 1997 book Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and won the 1998 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for the year s best book on American history His work on water related issues was recognized by the National Academies of Sciences in its invitation to give the 2006 Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture on Water Resources he is the only non scientist ever to give that lecture.His 2004 book The Great Influenza The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History was also a New York Times Best Seller, and won the 2005 Keck Communications Award from the United States National Academies of Science for the year s outstanding book on science or medicine In 2005 he also won the September 11th Award from the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens at Brown University He has served on a federal government s Infectious Disease Board of Experts, on the advisory board of MIT s Center for Engineering Fundamentals, and on the advisory committee at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for its Center for Refugee and Disaster Response.The expertise he developed in these two areas has involved him in policy making, risk communication and disaster management strategies, and developing resilient communities, and this work resulted in his induction into Delta Omega, the academic honorary society for public health More specifically, he has advised the private sector and local, state, national, and international government officials about preparing for another influenza pandemic He has also both advised officials and taken a direct role in preparing for water related disasters A resident of New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina he was also named to both the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority, which is the levee board overseeing several separate levee districts in the New Orleans area, and the state s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which is responsible for hurricane protection for the entire state.His first book, The Ambition and the Power A true story of Washington, appeared in 1989 and explored the operation of the U.S Congress, the use of power by Speaker of the House Jim Wright, and the rise of future Speaker Newt Gingrich In 1995 the New York Times named it one of the eleven best books ever written on Congress and Washington.With Steven Rosenberg, MD, Ph.D chief of the Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute and a pioneer in the development of immunotherapy for cancer stimulating the immune system to attack cancer Barry co authored his second book, The Transformed Cell Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer, which was published in 12 languages.Barry has written for The New York Times, Time Magazine, Fortune, The Washington Post, Esquire, and other publications and frequently appears as a guest commentator on broadcast media.He has also coached high school and college football, and his first published article was about blocking assignments for offensive linemen and appeared in a professional journal for coaches, Coach.

    821 thoughts on “Power Plays: Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports”

    1. Personally interesting because of the personal background attending John Howland School in the 1950s and Brown in the 1960s. Weaves football coaching and politics together, particularly the rise and fall of Jim Wright as House Speaker with his foil, Newt Gingrich. Didn't think it hung together all that well, however.


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