The Best American Sports Writing 2012

The Best American Sports Writing 2012

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by Michael Wilbon
     
 

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The Best American Sports Writing brings together the finest writing on sports to appear in the past year. Culled from over 350 publications, this collection captures the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement.See more details below

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The Best American Sports Writing brings together the finest writing on sports to appear in the past year. Culled from over 350 publications, this collection captures the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement.

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Publishers Weekly
In his introduction to the latest edition of this series, sports media personality Wilbon yearns for the days when "the sportswriter was a pretty indispensible character" and laments that "now anyone who can text or Tweet can be a sportswriter." Perhaps that's why, among the 20 pieces of evidence presented here suggesting that long-form sportswriting is alive and well, Wilbon includes "The Two-Fisted, One-Eyed Misadventures of Sportswriting's Last Badass," Alex Belth's colorful Deadspin.com profile of the late old-school boxing writer George Kimball, who didn't want to die without having written something of worth. A dark undercurrent flows through most of these stories (of which only two originally appeared online), with frequent themes of murder, corruption, and falls from grace. No fewer than three-including posthumous profiles of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard and NFL safety Dave Duerson -focus on the well-publicized effects of concussions. More revealing are John Brant's piece for Runner's World, in which famous marathoner Frank Shorter shares excruciating details about how his father, a popular physician, abused him; Michael Mooney's D Magazine profile of Texas Rangers' manager Ron Washington, who prefers his anonymity; and Jon Mooallem's short history of the high five for ESPN: The Magazine.
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Library Journal
ESPN television personality Wilbon (former sportswriter, Washington Post; coauthor with Charles Barkley, Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?) takes the reins as guest editor of this annual showcase of notable American sports writing. He includes 20 magazine and newspaper articles of varying length, depth, and style from such print and online sources as ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, and other traditional sports publications, as well as The New Yorker and GQ. Articles on extreme athletes dominated last year's edition, but this year the collection primarily profiles athletes in mainstream team sports, including two tales of former NBA stars trying to salvage their careers in foreign leagues and three stories of former pros whose lives have been derailed or prematurely ended by on-the-field or on-the-ice head injuries. But the book's centerpiece and highlight is Taylor Branch's long, detailed Atlantic magazine article on the scandal-ridden big-money world of college athletics and the nebulous role and controversial actions of the NCAA. There are tragic and violent tales of child abuse, murder, and suicide in these pages, balanced by uplifting stories of second chances, indomitable spirits, and the importance of sports for small towns and entire countries alike. VERDICT This collection of well-written, moving, and provocative sports articles is recommended for both sports fans and general readers who value quality nonfiction.—Doug King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547336978
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
Best American Sports Writing Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
917,394
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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