Great Writing About the National Sport

Book - 2014
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"An All-Pro line-up of writers including Red Smith, Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, George Plimpton, Richard Price, Charles Pierce, Michael Lewis, and Roy Blount Jr tackle our most popular pastime. Since football's meteoric rise in the mid-twentieth century, the standout writers on the sport have gone behind and beyond the spectacle to reveal the complexity, the contradictions, and the deeper humanity at the heart of the game. Now, in a landmark collection, The Library of America brings together the very best of their work: gems of deadline reportage, incisive longform profiles of football's storied figures, and autobiographical accounts by players and others close to the game. Celebrating the sport without shying away from its sometimes devastating personal and social costs, the forty-four pieces gathered here testify to football's boundless capacity to generate outsized characters and memorable tales."--Publisher's description.
Published: New York, N.Y. :, A Special Publication of the Library Of America,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781598533071
Branch Call Number: 796.332 FOO
Characteristics: xxi, 463 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Schulian, John 1945-- Editor


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May 12, 2017

Great writers can make you smile and laugh and they can also bring a tear to your eye. The
writers here do those things. I enjoyed this book very much.


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