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Playing the Game: The History of Adidas

Playing the Game: The History of Adidas

by Anne SudrowChristian Kleinschmidt Rainer Karlsch and others
Publication Date: 01/02/2019

This history of adidas, one of the world's most innovative global companies, looks beyond the trademark three stripes to show how the company grew and evolved over time.

Founded in a small town in Bavaria, Germany, the adidas brand has, for nearly a century, been outfitting international sports stars and pop culture icons such as David Beckham, Zin dine Zidane, and Run-DMC as well as everyday men, women, and children across the globe.

The story of this evolution - illustrated with numerous historic photographs - is entwined with history, corporate trends, and the emergence of sports as a major factor in the world economy.

Starting with the beginnings of the original Dassler brothers' company in the time of the Weimar Republic and National Socialism, this book reveals the first academically-based look at the history of the family and the adidas company which was officially founded in 1949 after the brothers' separation.

Using a worldwide range of sources, the authors also examine brand strategies and globalization since the 1960s. Since its beginnings, the name 'adidas' has been shrouded in legend and, in this special look at the rise of a global company, readers will learn the true story behind the brand.

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Anne Sudrow

Anne Sudrow is a trained shoemaker and is a project leader at the Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam.

Christian Kleinschmidt

Christian Kleinschmidt is Head of the Institute for Economic and Social History at the Philipps University in Marburg.

Rainer Karlsch

Rainer Karlsch is a research associate at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich/Berlin.

Jorg Lesczenski

Jorg Lesczenski is a research associate at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

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