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Best American Sports Writing of the Century

The Best American Sports Writing of the Century

David Halberstam
Glenn Stout

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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One of the best ways to try out American sports writing is with this large but eminently dip-in-able volume. The pieces contained in this collection are not extracts but full essays originally written as sports columns or magazine features. The events and heroes described are invariably unfamiliar, but that doesn’t matter. In fact it’s a testament to the quality of the writing that I found myself utterly absorbed in an expertly described account, for example, of the career of an injury-prone 1940’s baseball star named Pistol Pete Reiser. And I’ve read little writing in any genre that conveys awkwardness as well as Gay Talese’s description of a day spent with an unwelcoming, antagonistic and yet very charismatic Joe DiMaggio a decade or so after his retirement.
Nic Bottomley (Thu 28th Jul 2011)