Fascinating journalistic inquiry into role of concussions and culpability of NFL. Starts with Pittsburgh Steeler's center Mike Webster in early 80s and brings us up to current day [$345 million settlement was announced as this book was being published so discussion around that is included, too]. Maybe it's because I'm from Pittsburgh, but knowing many of the professional football players they documented in this book--as well as the many Pittsburgh places and people-- made it a quick read.
Not 100% unbiased. Focus is solely on head trauma as initial indicator of later chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Authors don't really ask any of the number of neurosurgeons and neuropathologists they interviewed about role of drug abuse like steroids, performance-enhancing drugs and/or alcohol abuse on prevalence of or likelihood for CTE--but maybe that's a different book.
Although advertised as a cross-cultural perspective on ancient life, there's a nod towards ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia but the bulk of lectures concerns what it was like to be an ordinary, every day pre-Alexandrian Greek.
Was more interested in hearing about cross-cultural norms rather than simply ancient Greek life. Even a comparison between ancient Greece and ancient Rome would have proved more interesting; advertising this as a comparative look at ancient life is in fact incorrect.
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