The Best American Sports Writing of the Century

David Halberstam, Editor, Glenn Stout, Editor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $30 (816p) ISBN 978-0-395-94513-1
Stout, editor of the Best American Sports Writing series since its inception nine years ago, and Halberstam, author most recently of Playing for Keeps, a biography of Michael Jordan (Forecasts, Jan. 18), have compiled a strong collection that will send readers on a captivating trip through the diversity of styles and subjects that developed as sports became big business and big news. Theres the direct address of Bob Considine (Listen to this buddy, for it comes from a guy whose palms are still wet, from Louis Knocks Out Schmeling) and the unique voice of Tom Wolfe (Ggghhzzzzzzzeeeeeong! from The Last American Hero, about racecar driver Junior Johnson). Although there are pieces about mountain climbing, tennis and chess, fully half of the selections are about two sports: baseball and boxing. The book begins with a Best of the Best section led by Gay Taleses 1966 profile of Joe DiMaggio, The Silent Season of a Hero. In the next two sections (which encompass deadline articles, columns, features and longer works), the strongest pieces, following Taleses lead, are penetrating profiles of the famous and difficult (e.g., Richard Ben Cramer on Ted Williams)as well as the largely forgotten (a run-of-the-mill boxer named Bummy Davis). The final section is a special six-piece tribute to man who himself claimed to be the best of the best Muhammad Ali. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/03/1999
Release date: 05/01/1999
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 338 pages - 978-0-395-57043-2
Paperback - 776 pages - 978-0-395-94514-8
Paperback - 338 pages - 978-0-395-57044-9
Prebound-Sewn - 978-1-4177-1149-9
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