** Pedestrianism by Matthew Algeo

If we are ever tempted to think that today’s sports are strange, Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport reminds us that watching men (and a few women) walk around the clock for days on end was popular in the 1870s…. There were prizes, scandals, riots when eager spectators could not get into the venues, and deaths when shoddily-built balconies gave way under the weight of the crowd — all told with élan in this book.



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