Transpacific Field of Dreams
How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War
By Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu
344 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 18 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2204-0
Published: February 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8266-5
Published: April 2012
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From early on, Guthrie-Shimizu argues, baseball carried American values to Japan, and by the mid-twentieth century, the sport had become emblematic of Japan's modernization and of America's growing influence in the Pacific world. Guthrie-Shimizu contends that baseball provides unique insight into U.S.-Japanese relations during times of war and peace and, in fact, is central to understanding postwar reconciliation. In telling this often surprising history, Transpacific Field of Dreams shines a light on globalization's unlikely, and at times accidental, participants.
About the Author
Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu is professor of history at Michigan State University and author of Creating People of Plenty: The United States and Japan's Economic Alternatives, 1950-1960.
For more information about Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu, visit the Author Page.
"An impressively researched contribution to the study of baseball's globalization."--Library Journal
“Exhaustively researched. . . . This is a well-written book.”--The Wall Street Journal
“Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers.”--Choice
"A thorough, excellently researched . . . and professionally competent effort that will help other scholars."--Journal of American History
“A fascinating, evocative, and highly readable work that fulfills the promise of 'sports history' by illuminating the real significance that ideologies and imaginations of baseball had for the United States and Japan during these crucial moments of modern history.”--American Historical Review
"Transpacific Field of Dreams offers a compelling narrative. . . . This book is well worth reading."--Journal of Japanese Studies