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 footballas 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 footballas 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 footballas boundless capacity to generate outsized characters and memorable tales.A sportswriter for the Times recommended that the Jets trade him because a team couldna#39;t win with a selfish player like that. ... Milt Woodward, commissioner of the AFL, wrote them a letter saying it was bad for footballa#39;s image to be identifiedanbsp;...
|Title||:||Football: Great Writing About the National Sport|
|Publisher||:||Library of America - 2014-08-14|