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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (August 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306813750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306813757
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Deford is a Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated, is heard every Wednesday on NPR's "Morning Edition," and is a regular correspondent on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." He is the author of fourteen books, two of which have been made into movies, including Everybody's All-American with Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange. He has been voted U.S. Sportswriter of the Year six times, and GQ magazine has called him, simply, "the world's greatest sportswriter." He has also won both an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you read this book, you'll better understand why athletes are revered in our culture. You'll better understand why some hang on to their careers well past their prime, and why some can never accomplish anything that matches their on-field glory.
The book's funny, too, as well as touching and poignant. It's a really good read. One of my favorites--and one I think of every time I see an athlete that can't leave the game.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a novel that I read every other year or so just before the start of the college football season. It is a story of a mythical player at North Carolina in the late 50's that is "everybody's all-american" and the impact that the game has on his life as well as those around him. It is written with wit and style from the perspective of a character that is our hero's adoring nephew. There are some great comparisons drawn between our hero and another young hero of an earlier time, J.E.B. Stewart, and the impact that their greatness had on their lives. The author also shows a social conscience in his treatment of the subject of race relations in the 50's American South. Deford is a superb writer and if you love college football this is a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A Bowen on April 25, 2012
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I really wanted to read this book, as I love Frank DeFord's writing for "Sports Illustrated." And it was an enjoyable novel, although it harped on its' theme a little too much. But the Kindle version was really badly done. Every time I started a new chapter, I was irritated to find that one of the sentences had been broken off in the middle, only to start again a few lines later. This became a real annoyance. Also, the spacing of the dialogue was off. Too much white space in between the lines made the book seem cheaply done.

Not a justice to a writer as good as Frank DeFord.
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I really enjoyed this story. I've seen the movie several times and always enjoy Mr. Deford's commentary on NPR.

My only issue is with the Kindle version itself: in several places the lines duplicate and run into other sentences. It didn't ruin the book, but was an annoyance.

The story differs from the movie version. The differences are not as many as say "the Cider House Rules" or "Forrest Gump" where the stories are so divergent, you wish they'd changed the name. This is more like the changes that were made between the book and movie version of "The Help". But, if you are someone who is bothered by source material differing from adaptations, and you loved the movie exactly as-is, you may not care for the last few chapters/the original ending. I preferred the book's ending to the movie.
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