Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports by Mark Ribowsky
“Brilliant . . . entertaining . . . a thought-provoking portrayal of the multi-faceted Howard Cosell in all his glory and enmity.”Don Ohlmeyer, Wall Street Journal Howard Cosell’s colorful bombast, fearless reporting, and courageous stance on civil rights made him one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in American sports history. “Telling it like it is,” he covered nearly every major sports story for three decades, from the travails of Muhammad Ali to the tragedy at the Munich Olympics. Now, two decades after his death, this deeply misunderstood sports legend has finally gotten the “definitive” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and revelatory biography he so much deserves. With more than forty interviews, Mark Ribowsky has brilliantly presented Cosell’s endless complexities in the “first thoroughly researched and effectively framed biography of Cosell and his times” (Huffington Post).
Mark Ribowsky is the author of fifteen books, including Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations, the New York Times Notable Book Don’t Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball, and, most recently, Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul. He lives in Florida.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Gifted One 3
Part 1 Black and White (1918-1964)
1 "Insecurities in You That Live Forever" 23
2 An Obvious Maverick 45
3 Being There 66
4 Momentary Moments of Chagrin 87
5 "Let Go of the Mike, Cassius" 109
6 "Bedlam, Chaos, Confusion" 130
Part 2 Living Color (1964-1976)
7 An Electronic First 153
8 A Moral Imperative 178
9 A Stygian Burden 197
10 "That Son of a Bitch Is Drunk!" 222
11 Listing Toward Babylon 240
12 Munich 256
13 A Big Property 281
14 "Down Goes Fray-Zhuh! Down Goes Fray-Zhuh! Down Goes Fray-Zhuh!" 301
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