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.
From The Honeymooners to The Big Lebowski, from The Flintstones to Ed, bowling has rolled right down the middle of American culture like no sport?or even pastime?in the nation?s postwar history. This entertaining, illustrated history illuminates the place that bowling holds in the heart of America, as well as its loftier antecedents and the high-kitsch status all things bowling have recently attained.