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From the Publisher“Written in a you-are-there style, this book belongs on every sports bookshelf.”
“This book is an eye-opener to those who take today’s multi-billion dollar sports industry for granted.”
"If you want to understand the sports hype of our time—Peyton, King James, A-Rod, and beyond—you better read Bohn's engrossing stories in this clear-eyed celebration of where it all began."
"There were giants in those days: Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, Red Grange, Bobby Jones, Knute Rockne, Bill Tilden, and Gertrude Ederle. Michael Bohn is the first to bring them all together. Heroes and Ballyhoo is gravid with excitement; you can almost hear the crowd roar when you open the book."
“Mike Bohn has captured sports’s Golden Age in a way that makes me wish I’d lived back then—with all those heroes, both on the field and up in the press box. Every fan of sports should read this book to appreciate where we’ve come from, and realize how there used to be a better world out there, except for advances in air-conditioning.”
“In the early years of the Roaring Twenties, American women not only won the right to vote but they also earned headlines alongside their male counterparts during the Golden Age of American sports. Michael Bohn shares an engaging story of how two sports heroines, tennis player Helen Wills and swimmer Gertrude Ederle, helped embolden women to seek self-fulfillment by challenging the status quo.”
“Hype, hoopla, and histrionics characterized American sports in the 1920s, as well as all kinds of talented and unusual characters. Michael Bohn’s Heroes and Ballyhoo is a treatise, a tribute, and a tip of the cap to that special time. Carefully researched and written, this is a book that belongs on your sports bookshelf.”
“Michael Bohn provides a rare opportunity to experience the American sporting scene in the Roaring Twenties. A constant stream of legendary characters marches across these pages. You’ll meet them all: the Babe, the Four Horsemen, the Manassa Mauler, the Wheaton Iceman, Bill Tilden, Gertrude Ederle, and Grantland Rice, the sportswriter whose purple prose made them all come alive.”
“Want to know why the 1920s is the most seminal decade in the history of American sport? Read Michael Bohn’s Heroes and Ballyhoo, a page-turning and stirring plunge into a time when America’s most beloved figures—those wielding big wooden bats and wearing leather football helmets—held the country spellbound. A terrific piece of historical journalism.”