Something Like the Gods

Stephen Amidon's lively work of history puts the spotlight on the athlete as cultural icon. From Roman gladiator to the modern savants of the court, the track and the gridiron, the body at play retains the power to inspire. An exploration of the athlete's evolving role through time and our fascination with the ultimate physical expressions of power and grace.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…