Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn the midst of all the publicity for the 198586 Bears and media favorite ``Refrigerator'' Perry, the Midway Monster most in the spotlight was unconventional quarterback McMahon, with his punk-rock haircut, sunglasses and headbands. Here, with the assistance of Chicago Tribune sports columnist Verdi, he tells of his life and his attitudes. Not surprisingly, he views himself primarily as an entertainer rather than an athlete and on the printed page maintains the ruthless candor that has made him controversial. He makes no attempt to conceal his contempt for Bears team president Michael McCaskey, his distant and cool relationship with his parents and his feeling that a lot of sportswriting belongs in the category of fiction and not reportage. He also has very little good to say about his alma mater, Brigham Young. His autobiography is refreshing and real, not unlike the man himself. Photos. 75,000 ad/promo. (November)
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McMahon, written by Jim McMahon and Bob Verde, is a tell all/Bare all biography of Jim McMahon¿s football career. Starting as a young man at Brigham Young University¿s quarter back, to a young ¿punk¿ in the NFL, to the year after he led the Chicago Bears to a 1985 Super Bowl victory (the most lop-sided victory in Super Bowl History). The biography chronicles Jim¿s football career in great detail, referring to and clearly describing many crucial plays in Jim¿s career, on and off the field. The book gives insight in to many aspects that the average fan may not think of considering as important to the game. There are many politics involved with the game, along with the greediness of the owners, which is all told from a player¿s perspective on how he sees it. Although the book has many good qualities, is very descriptive and is written quite well, I do feel that the pictures the author chose to represent Jim¿s career were not the best that could have been used to supplement the text. When Jim describes a miraculous seventy-yard touchdown pass and reception, a picture should be shown to support that and give the reader a better image of the feat, other than Jim out eating dinner with the team.