Books written by Dave Zirin


Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

April 3, 2018 | 256 pages
Super Bowl Champion and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man without a censor.  More Info

What's My Name, Fool?

Haymarket Books | August 20, 2019 | 293 pages
Offers a provocative and engaging look at the dirty business of sports and the inspired people who play them. From icons of the past like Billie Jean King to today's global superstars like Kobe Bryant and Barry Bonds, Zirin engages with the world of sports like no other sports writer today.... More Info

Brazil's Dance with the Devil

May 27, 2014 | 200 pages
The people of Brazil celebrated when they found out they'd be hosting the 2014 World Cup - the world's most-viewed sporting tournament - and the 2016 Olympics. Now they are protesting in numbers the country haven't seen in decades, with Brazilians taking to the streets to try to reclaim the sports... More Info

The John Carlos Story

Haymarket Books | December 11, 2012 | 220 pages
John Carlos, the man behind the most iconic moment of the Black Power movement, tells his story.  More Info

Game Over

The New Press | January 29, 2013 | 240 pages
"Sportscaster Howard Cosell dubbed it "rule number one of the jockocracy": sports and politics just don't mix. But in Game Over, celebrated alt-sportswriter Dave Zirin proves once and for all that politics has breached the modern sports arena with a vengeance.  More Info

The John Carlos Story

September 27, 2011 | 220 pages
Documents the events surrounding John Carlos and Tommie Smith's controversial Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium, discussing how their show of defiance sparked political debates and career fallouts while becoming one of the most iconic images of Olympic and Black Power history.  More Info

What's My Name, Fool?

July 1, 2005 | 293 pages sportswriter Dave Zirin provides a no-holds-barred commentary on the personalities and politics of American sports.  More Info