Renegades: My Wild Trip from Professor to New Journalist with Outrageous Visits from Clint Eastwood, Reggie Jackson, Larry Flynt, and other American Icons

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After spending time as a professor in upstate New York, Robert Ward decided to give journalism a try.

What followed were two decades of assignments for New Times, GQ, SPORT, Rolling Stone, and other publications, covering the biggest stars of the sporting, music, art, and film worlds. This collection includes Ward's celebrated story on Reggie Jackson that nearly tore the New York Yankees apart (and was later brought to life in an ESPN miniseries "The Bronx Is Burning"); a ...

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Renegades: My Wild Trip from Professor to New Journalist with Outrageous Visits from Clint Eastwood, Reggie Jackson, Larry Flynt, and other American Icons

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Overview

After spending time as a professor in upstate New York, Robert Ward decided to give journalism a try.

What followed were two decades of assignments for New Times, GQ, SPORT, Rolling Stone, and other publications, covering the biggest stars of the sporting, music, art, and film worlds. This collection includes Ward's celebrated story on Reggie Jackson that nearly tore the New York Yankees apart (and was later brought to life in an ESPN miniseries "The Bronx Is Burning"); a profile of the "outlaw" country music movement of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, and David Allan Coe; and an insightful feature on Hustler publisher Larry Flynt as a young pornographer that almost cost Ward his life.

Also included are essays about the former premier of Vietnam Nguyen Cao Ky trying to adjust to life in California; an aging Lee Marvin dealing with the survivor's guilt from his time in World War II; and profiles of LeRoy Neiman, Robert Mitchum, and a variety of fringe characters on the American scene.

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"Novelist Ward (Shedding Skin) presents a collection of previously published pieces from his freelance days in the 1960s-70s. Ward's articles are interesting. Essential reading for those interested in new journalism." --Library Journal, February 2012

"This collection of essays is sure to appeal to fans of [Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson]. Ward tells fascinating stories about fascinating people, but unlike traditional journalism, the author is a key element in his stories. For fans of first-person journalism, this makes great reading." --Booklist, March 2012

"Terrific anthology." --The Daily Beast

Library Journal
Novelist Ward (Shedding Skin) presents a collection of previously published pieces from his freelance days in the 1960s–70s writing for New Times magazine, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and more. Ward frames these 17 articles with more recent writing, providing a deeper look into the (often dangerous) situations in which his interviews took place. His opening line as he primes his tape recorder and starts his interviews has always been "I'm here to set the record straight." Ward tackles each interview with a keen sense of passion for his subjects. Highlights include a conversation with former prime minister of Vietnam, Nguyên Cao Ky, the twisted tale of "The Mount Kisco Sting," and the infamous interview with Reggie Jackson that nearly tore the New York Yankees apart. VERDICT Ward's articles are interesting, but his often lengthy and meandering commentaries that precede and follow them are poorly labeled, making it difficult to tell when an article or interview begins and ends. Still, this is essential reading for those interested in new journalism.—Allegra Young, Canadian Music Ctr., Toronto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440533143
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 3/17/2012
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Baltimore, Robert Ward has worked as a novelist, professor, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His first effort was the critically acclaimed novel Shedding Skin, which won the National Endowment for the Arts award for first novel of exceptional merit.

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