Reagan's Games: American Politics and Culture at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (University of Tennessee Press)
Congelio's first book is currently under contract with the University of Tennessee Press and is in the post-peer review editing stage.
The book explores the various avenues in which seemingly unrelated areas of politics and culture were intimately intertwined via the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In doing so, the book explores such topics as sport and the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan's economic shift to neoliberalism and Reaganomics, the plight of African Americans in the early 1980s, the war on drugs, and the public's ongoing effort to discredit the Olympics as being a means of urban gentrification.
Rising A Mountain: The Rebirth of Small-College Basketball in West Virginia (tentative title)
Currently in the early planning stages, Congelio's second book will follow up on Bob Kuska's 2008 title: Cinderella Ball: A Look Inside Small-College Basketball in West Virginia. Beginning where Kuska left off, Congelio plans on chronicling the surprising, and largely unexpected rebirth, of small-college basketball in West Virginia with a specific emphasis placed on Coach Jim Crutchfield and the West Liberty University men's basketball team. After taking over the reins at the University, Crutchfield posted thirteen straight 20-plus win seasons, a 359-61 career record, and a 112-week run as the No. 1 team in Division II.
There are intentions to place the book under contract with a popular press.