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Editors Select, December 2017

This new release about the history of sports and resistance immediately piqued my curiosity. With all the media hype surrounding Colin Kaepernick and NFL boycotts in 2017, I was interested in learning more about the lineage of these types of protest movements. What's My Name, Fool? isn't perfect, but it was a fascinating entry into learning about athletes like Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Billie Jean King, who've used their platforms to make powerful statements about what they believe in. I was also fascinated to learn about athletes who've played barefoot, worn beads, or raised their fists to protest various social conditions. This audiobook provides a great jump-off point to explore this compelling intersection of sports and history. —Rachel, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Here sportswriter Dave Zirin shows how sports express the worst, as well as the most creative and exciting, features of American society.

Zirin explores how Janet Jackson's Super Bowl flash-time show exposed more than a breast, why the labor movement has everything to learn from sports unions, and why a new generation of athletes is no longer content to "play one game at a time" and is starting to get political.

What's My Name, Fool! draws on original interviews with former heavyweight champ George Foreman, Olympian and black power saluter John Carlos, NBA basketball player and anti-death penalty activist Etan Thomas, antiwar women's college hoopster Toni Smith, Olympic Project for Human Rights leader Lee Evans and many others.

Popular sportswriter and commentator Dave Zirin is editor of The Prince George's Post (Maryland) and writes the weekly column "Edge of Sports" ( He is a senior writer at Zirin's writing has also appeared in The Source, Common Dreams, College Sporting News, CounterPunch, Alternet, International Socialist Review, Black Sports Network, War Times, San Francisco Bay View, and Z Magazine.

©2005 Dave Zirin (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"Zirin is one of the brightest, most audacious voices I can remember on the sportswriting scene, and my memory goes back to the 1920s." (Lester Rodney, N.Y. Daily Worker sports editor, 1936-1958)
"Zirin has an amazing talent for covering the sports and politics beat. Ranging like a great shortstop, he scoops up everything! He profiles the courageous and inspiring athletes who are standing up for peace and civil liberties in this repressive age. A must read!" (Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive)
"This is cutting-edge analysis delivered with wit and compassion." (Mike Marqusee, author, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties)

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  • sosnows8
  • 2020-08-16

Interesting read

Zirin has some really good takes on the hypocrisies within sports. However, I disagree with his takes on Barry Bonds.

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  • Kelli
  • 2019-06-29


Thank you Dave Zirin for having the courage and guts for speaking and telling the truth. 👊🏿