From pharaohs and Roman legionnaires to today's hip young couples throwing strikes and spares over burgers and pitchers of yellow American lager, bowling has a rich history spanning not only the centuries but also TV, film, fashion, architecture, and, indeed, the geopolitical landscape. In this wonderfully illustrated and entertaining history of the game, author Eric Dregni tackles all of these topics and more while tracing bowling from its ancient Egyptian roots to 21st century America.
Along the way, he shows how bowling has evolved to become an indelible facet of popular culture. In addition to bowling's frequent roles in art and media, Dregni delves into rarely explored topics that prove the sport's far-reaching implications throughout history. Never-before-published photos and artwork illustrate the game's march through time, evoking not just the sights, but the sounds and smells associated with an evening at the lanes. So slip in some disinfected shoes, grab a Brunswick, and step inside.