Books by Dave Zirin

JIM BROWN by Dave Zirin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A truly rounded, fully fleshed portrait of a significant 20th-century figure."
One of the greatest—and most controversial—athletes of all time gets a well-balanced biographical and historical treatment. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT MAKE WHITE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE by Michael Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fiery memoir/manifesto by an athlete with his heart in the right place."
An outspoken activist athlete practically dares readers to think of professional football and its players in the same way again after finishing this book. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 2014

"Millions will enjoy the World Cup and Olympics, but Zirin justly reminds readers of the real human costs beyond the spectacle."
How the real costs to democracy and the body politic that come from hosting a World Cup or Olympics outweigh the temporal joy that such events bring. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"A damning indictment of all that is corrupting sports and a song of praise for athletes standing up for human rights and decency."
A well-told tale about the seamy mess that politics has brought to big-time sports. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 20, 2010

"Zirin rightfully chastises uncompromising free-market ideologues who happily accept social welfare. Now, if he could only make them listen."
Nation sports writer Zirin (People's History of Sports in the United States, 2008, etc.) continues his sports-themed muckraking with a blistering screed against the owners of major U.S. sports teams. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A smug, wearisome catalogue."
Sportswriter Zirin (Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports, 2007, etc.) looks through the eyes of the left at the political forces shaping the history of American sports. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2007

"Zirin displays a witty writing style, but the book lacks focus and too often presents conclusions that, while provocative, aren't supported by sufficient evidence."
From sportswriter Zirin (What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the U.S., 2005), an analysis of how the worlds of sports and politics collide. Read full book review >