Bestselling author Mike Sager’s fourth collection showcases his deftly-written journalism at its best and most mature, a riveting marriage of crime reportage and you-are-there literary anthropology.
The book’s centerpiece examines the rise and fall of football RoboQuarterback Todd Marinovich—a previously unpublished, thirty-plus thousand word “nonvella” version of his ASME-award winning Esquire story, the inspiration for ESPN’s acclaimed documentary, The Marinovich Project. Other true stories include up-close visits with super-celebrity Paris Hilton, South Asian Republican hopeful Gov. Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, Ultimate Fighting Championship impresario Dana White, and coaching phenom Pete Carroll.
Plus: A man who spent twenty-nine years in prison for a crime he did not commit. A Muslim immigrant who worked to save the life of the white supremacist who tried to kill him. The best-dressed man in America. An ugly guy in a town that worships beauty. A farm in the mountains where wounded marine veterans are taking care of their own. And “The Porn Identity,” where a divorced dad takes to the road to find former starlets and to rediscover his mojo.
“Mike Sager writes with uncommon grace and, always, with respect for those who give him their time. His stories cut to the bone of our common humanity.”
–Paul Hendrickson, author of Seminary and Hemingway’s Boat, on The Someone You’re Not
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The Man Who Never Was
Todd Marinovich was once known as RoboQuarterback, engineered by his father from birth to be the greatest ever. A cautionary tale of fathers, sons and sports, the inspiration for ESPN's award-winning documentary "The Marinovich Project."
Warren Durso is the kind of guy you have to know to love, a five-foot-seven-inch, 175 pound, Italian sausage sub from upstate New York. But somehow, when he looks in the mirror, he sees a man who is six-foot-four with ripped abs. The soul of us all uncovered, the naked underneath.
A Girl in Love
Love her or hate her, do you really know her? Three intimate days and nights with Paris Hilton and her menagerie, including Tinkerbell, Princess Pigelette, her boyfriend, her PR person and the rest.
The Someone You're Not
Ray Towler was sentenced to life in prison for raping an eleven-year-old girl. How one man lived through twenty-nine years of hell, only to be saved by a new wrinkle in DNA science. And how he emerged from his ordeal a better person.
Bobby Jindal, All American
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is the first Indian-American governor in US history-and the first nonwhite governor in Louisiana since Reconstruction. Hanging out with the man who has been called both "an Indian Barack Obama," and a "scary, ultraconservative religious fanatic." Will he run for President?
Dana White is the heart and soul of the Ultimate Fighting Championship league-equal parts Don King, Oliver Twist, and South Boston gym rat. Fast times and hi-jinks inside the Escalade with this unlikely millionaire and his real-life entourage.
Nearly twenty-five percent of vets suffer from PTSD or major depression with little hope of relief. But on one small farm in the mountains of Tennessee, Alan Beaty and his rag-tag squad of marine vets have found a modest solution-taking care of each other.
If Someone Shot You In The Face And Left You For Dead, Would You Try To Save His Life?
Ten days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh living outside Dallas, was shot in the face by a white supremacist determined to kill some "A-rabs" for revenge. Ten years later, Bhuiyan mounted a crusade to win a stay of execution for the man who'd attacked him.
Big Balls Pete
As unlikely as it seems, Pete Carroll is one of the winningest coaches in college football history-a Grateful Dead-loving, former undersized D-back from hippified Marin County who believes in Zenn philosophy, Twitters non-stop, and jogs everywhere he goes, even to the bathroom.
The Demographic Man
Kenyatte Nelson is thirty-one years old-six foot two, two hundred pounds, with high cheekbones and a chiseled jaw that tapers into a sexy cleft chin. He is all of us and he is nobody at all-like the guys in the advertisements, he is a picture of who we're supposed to be, the iconic upscale consumer. A stroll in the designer shoes of the winner of Esquire's Best Dressed Real Man contest.
The Porn Identity
When his wife decamps from the household, leaving his life and his bank account in tatters, our hero takes a much needed assignment traveling the country in search of...retired porn starlets. From Nina Hartley's toy-filled dungeon, to KayTaylor Parker's spirit-filled studio, to Asia Carrera's split-level hideaway in the mountains north of Las Vegas... How one man got his mojo back.