Football: Great Writing About the National Sport

Football: Great Writing About the National Sport
Author: John Schulian
Pages: 484
ISBN10: 159853307X
Genre: Sports and Games
Goodreads Rating: 4.46
ISBN13: 9781598533071
Published: August 14th 2014 by Library of America

An All-Pro line-up of writers including Red Smith, Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, George Plimpton, Richard Price, Charles Pierce, Michael Lewis, and Roy Blount Jr tackle our most popular pastime: Since football’s meteoric rise in the mid-twentieth century, the standout writers on the sport have gone behind and beyond the spectacle to reveal the complexity, the contradictions, and the deeper humanity at the heart of the game. Now, in a landmark collection, The Library of America brings together the very best of their work: gems of deadline reportage, incisive longform profiles of football’s storied figures, and autobiographical accounts by players and others close to the game. Celebrating the sport without shying away from its sometimes devastating personal and social costs, the forty-four pieces gathered here testify to football’s bound capacity to generate outsized characters and memorable tales.