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An inclusive narrative of golf's history and popularity in the United States
George B. Kirsch is professor of history at Manhattan College. He is the author of Baseball and Cricket: The Creation of American Team Sports, 1838-72; Baseball in Blue and Gray: the National Pastime During the Civil War; and several other books.
"As the first true social history of American golf, Golf in America changes our understanding of the place of golf in American sport. A truly special achievement." Steven Schlossman, professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University and historian of the U.S. Open Championship and the Curtis Cup Match "Golf in America is the best one-volume history of American golf. Kirsch astutely covers a wide variety of topics, including the Americanization of golf, the rise of Jewish country clubs, the struggles of women and African American golfers for equal treatment, the environmental effects of golf courses, and even the role of the motorized golf cart. An extremely thorough and contextualized contribution to our understanding of sport history." Steven A. Riess, author of City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports