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Louis BayardMarshall Jon Fisher has gotten hold of some mighty themes in A Terrible Splendor: war and peace, love and death, sports and savagery. He's also taken on one hell of a tricky story. Even as he shows us Budge and Cramm battling away—and he describes the on-court action wonderfully well—he has to keep cutting away to show us the geopolitical forces gathering round them…Still, as the match enters its final set, all the narrative pieces lock together, and A Terrible Splendor becomes as engrossing as the contest it portrays.
—The Washington Post