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Charles McGrathCoffey's game descriptions are precise and gripping (even if you've just finished watching the DVD of ''Miracle,'' last year's movie version of the 1980 story, in which Kurt Russell pulled off an uncannily faithful impersonation of Brooks, right down to his icy stare and appalling wardrobe), and the book is far better than the movie at evoking the lives and personalities of the players. Coffey, a sportswriter for The Daily News, is alert, for example, to the vast cultural differences that separated the streetwise New Englanders from the soft-spoken Minnesotans, many of them from the hardscrabble Iron Range, and he shows how these manifested themselves on the ice as well as in the locker room. He gives affecting portraits of, among others, Mark Pavelich, the team oddball, and Steve Janaszak, the backup goalie, who never got a minute of Olympic ice time.
— The New York Times