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About the Author:
Gerald Eskenazi has written sports for ...
About the Author:
Gerald Eskenazi has written sports for the New York Times for almost half a century. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Gang Green: An Irreverent Look Behind the Scenes at Thirty-Eight (Well, Thirty-Seven) Seasons of New York Jets Football Futility and The Lip: A Biography of Leo Durocher.
From the glory days of Joe Namath, to the Rangers' quest for a Stanley Cup, to the whacky world of boxing, Jerry Eskenazi has captured these wonderful moments. It's a great read by a premier reporter."--Marv Albert, voice of the New York Knicks and NBA on TNT
Jerry Eskenazi is a consummate professional--an honest and honorable man in a field where those elements are too often overlooked. He has never forgotten the importance of having a sense of fairness, a sense of humor, and a genuine passion for his profession. Jerry always understood that it is the games, and the athletes who compete, that make people want to read the sports page. He has earned an elite level of trust from his readers and the sports figures he covers, because he writes what he sees. He knows what he's doing, and he prepares for each assignment in a way that displays his appreciation and respect for athletic competition and the personalities involved."--Bill Parcells, Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys
"During the years when Jerry was covering boxing, I found him to be insightful, knowledgeable, and at all times--fair. His coverage of the events and the sports was a credit to the fans, the boxers and his newspaper, the New York Times. Only the news that was fit to print' was the slogan, and Jerry certainly had a lot printed. His main beats were boxing and football, but he could cover any beat with honesty and integrity. The boxers always knew if they gave Jerry an interview, the words didn't get twisted and neither did mine. Thanks Jerry for so many dedicated years to your profession. I can't wait to read these memoirs."--Don King, President & CEO, Don King Productions, Inc.
|1.||The Written Word||1|
|2.||The End of Reporting as We Know It||17|
|3.||Tricks of the Trade||34|
|4.||Dealing with Icons||45|
|6.||Present at the Creation||67|
|7.||The Electronic Village||80|
|8.||The Craft (Or Is it Art?) of Writing||88|
|9.||The Press of a Button||109|
|10.||Last Call for Brooklyn||131|
|12.||Stories that Readers Only Knew the Half Of||151|
|14.||On the Road, from Po' Boys to Chateaubriand||175|
Posted May 19, 2004
I wasn't exactly sure why I picked this book up, since I never studied journalism, but it turned out to give a fascinating fly on the wall perspective of important events, and included just enough about the author's personal life to keep it touching, human and fun. There are some truly great first person anecdotes about such outsized personalities as Muhammed Ali and Donald Trump.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.