Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and the Dehumanization of Sport

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Free Press, 1992 - Sports & Recreation - 374 pages
This richly documented history of how science triumphed over sport shows how the Greek ideal of a sound mind in a healthy body has been defeated by the impossible quest to exceed merely human limits. The modern obsession with "enhancing" athletic performance goes back to the 19th century, and the use of steroids is only the latest development in the dehumanization of sport. 8-page photo insert.

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An ambitious and jolting, if occasionally turgid, investigation into the origins and wider implications of the contemporary union of science and sport. Blending cultural history with ethical alarm ... Read full review

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"Gentlemen, start your engines!'' is the cry that resounds annually at the opening of the Indianapolis 500. Hoberman's Mortal Engines symbolically parallels this cry, substituting human beings for ... Read full review


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