Tour de France A Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0520256301

ISBN-13: 9780520256309

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

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Description: In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the culture surrounding the event--including posters, songs, novels, films, and media coverage--Thompson links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. Examining the enduring popularity of Tour racers, Thompson explores how their public images have changed over the past century. A new preface explores the long-standing problem of doping in light of recent scandals.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 406
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface to the 2008 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
La Grande Boucle: Cycling, Progress, and Modernity
Itineraries, Narratives, and Identities
The Geants de la Route: Gender and Heroism
L'Auto's Ouvriers de la Pedale: Work, Class, and the Tour de France, 1903-1939
The Forcats de la Route: Exploits, Exploitation, and the Politics of Athletic Excess, 1903-1939
What Price Heroism? Work, Sport, and Drugs in Postwar France
Epilogue
Racers' Occupations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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