Beyond the Dream: Occasional Heroes of Sports

Beyond the Dream: Occasional Heroes of Sports

by Ira Berkow
     
 

Ira Berkow has compiled from his newspaper columns these profiles of athletes at all stages of their art: the young who dream of glory ahead, those on the cusp of stardom, the athlete at the height of his or her success, the player on the way down, and the retiree. There is also the would-be athlete who never quite made it; the writers, broadcasters, and promoters… See more details below

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Ira Berkow has compiled from his newspaper columns these profiles of athletes at all stages of their art: the young who dream of glory ahead, those on the cusp of stardom, the athlete at the height of his or her success, the player on the way down, and the retiree. There is also the would-be athlete who never quite made it; the writers, broadcasters, and promoters on the fringes of the game; and the fan, who creates heroes and bums, stars and victims. Sports is a business, a challenge, a vice, a character builder, a set of rules, a road to the top. For each person, it is something different. To see it all, one must look at such diverse individuals as Casey Stengel, Chris Evert, Joe Louis, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, George Sauer, Muhammad Ali, Bobby Fischer, Rod Laver, Hank Aaron, Arnold Palmer, Gale Sayers, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris, Ted Williams, Jack Dempsey, and many others both as they see themselves and as others see them. The result of Berkow’s seventy-three pieces is no ordinary view of sports but a composite of all games, all athletes, and the good and the bad in a book of compelling interest.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Berkow’s 73 vignettes bristle with energy and action. Culled from his sports column for a news feature service, they evidence a newsman’s ability to pull out the human interest angle from the welter of available facts.”—Booklist
Chicago Sun-Times

“Wrapped together in this neat package, [these pieces] show Berkow as an astute observer of the national scene. . . . The best of these stories are as good as any ever written.”—Rick Kogan, Chicago Sun-Times

— Rick Kogan

Houston Chronicle
“This book is a cornucopia of Berkow’s work. . . . The man not only writes with poignancy and pizzazz, thinks with lucidity and logic, but, in these 700-word pearls, he also manages to feel and smell and laugh as well. It is called talent.”—Martin Ralbovsky, Houston Chronicle
Minneapolis Tribune
“Berkow can tell you all you need to know about a man as quickly as anyone around.”—Robert Armstrong, Minneapolis Tribune
Chicago Sun-Times - Rick Kogan
“Wrapped together in this neat package, [these pieces] show Berkow as an astute observer of the national scene. . . . The best of these stories are as good as any ever written.”—Rick Kogan, Chicago Sun-Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803215955
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ira Berkow, winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize, recently retired after twenty-six years as a sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times. His numerous books include Red: A Biography of Red Smith, available in a Bison Books edition, and the memoir Full Swing: Hits, Runs and Errors in a Writer’s Life. Red Smith (1905–82) was one of America’s most outstanding sportswriters and the subject of Ira Berkow’s biography Red.

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