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The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime
Horse Racing, Politics, and Organized Crime in New York, 1865–1913

Steven A. Riess

Cloth $45.00    |    978-0-8156-0985-8    |    2011

"Riess has produced a model monograph illustrating that sports history can inform larger political and cultural issues. His research is massive, the analysis is crisp, and the narrative is engaging. This impressive work deserves the attention of scholars even if they care little about sports per se."—The Journal of American History
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"This work will stand as a source-of-record for historians for years to come."—Saratoga Living

"Riess has broken new ground with his richly-textured study of the dynamic relationship between horse racing, politics, and gambling as they built New York’s thoroughbred industry a century ago."—Field Horne, author of The Saratoga Reader: Writing about an American Village, 1749–1900

  The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime

Steven A. Riess   Steven A. Riess is a Bernard Brommel Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History at Northeastern Illinois University, where he has taught for thirty-five years. He is the author of several books on the history of sport including Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era and City Games: The Evolution of American Society and the Rise of Sports.


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