Robert Edelman, Professor of Russian History, University of California, San Diego, discusses his recently published, Spartak Moscow: A History of the People's Team in a Workers' State, a history of the USSR's most popular football team.
Edelman's other books include Serious Fun: A History of Spectator Sports in the USSR, Proletarian Peasants: The Revolution of 1905 in Russia's Southwest, and Gentry Politics on the Eve of the Russian Revolution: The Nationalist Party, 1905-1917.
Professor Robert Edelman is a professor of Russian history and the history of sport at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been teaching since 1972, when he received his doctorate from Columbia University. He has also taught at UCLA.
He was a former sports-writer and radio announcer. He has consulted on documentaries for HBO, PBS, ESPN, and CBS at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. He lives in Solana Beach with three children, two dogs and one wife.