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Beyond the Dream: Occasional Heroes of Sports Paperback – May 1, 2008


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“Berkow’s 73 vignettes bristle with energy and action. Culled from his sports column for a news feature service, they evidence a newsman’s ability to pull out the human interest angle from the welter of available facts.”—Booklist
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“Pleasingly atypical sports stories—pithy human interest vignettes with the focus on the athlete rather than his performance.”—Kirkus
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“Wrapped together in this neat package, [these pieces] show Berkow as an astute observer of the national scene. . . . The best of these stories are as good as any ever written.”—Rick Kogan, Chicago Sun-Times
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“Uncommonly excellent profiles of sports heroes. . . . A perceptive view and a keen ear for good quotes allow Berkow to present an honest view of a varied group of sports people.”—Library Journal
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“This book is a cornucopia of Berkow’s work. . . . The man not only writes with poignancy and pizzazz, thinks with lucidity and logic, but, in these 700-word pearls, he also manages to feel and smell and laugh as well. It is called talent.”—Martin Ralbovsky, Houston Chronicle
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“Ordinarily a collection of 73 short selections should contain some excellent pieces, some bad ones and a generous sampling of the mediocre. Not so in this volume, where Berkow . . . rings the bell time after time.”—Publishers Weekly
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“Berkow can tell you all you need to know about a man as quickly as anyone around.”—Robert Armstrong, Minneapolis Tribune
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About the Author

Ira Berkow, winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize, recently retired after twenty-six years as a sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times. His numerous books include Red: A Biography of Red Smith, available in a Bison Books edition, and the memoir Full Swing: Hits, Runs and Errors in a Writer’s Life.
 
Red Smith (1905–82) was one of America’s most outstanding sportswriters and the subject of Ira Berkow’s biography Red.
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