From Publishers Weekly
Price, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated
for 13 years and author of Pitching Around Fidel: A Journey into the Heart of Cuban Sports
, finds his past in the most unfamiliar places when he moves to the south of France to report on European sports for a year. Inside his coverage of every new competition in every new city lurks Price's profoundly American self-consciousness. Lambasted at every turn for Bush's war on terror, Price's American identity is formed defensively as he spars with European opponents over the war, politics and history. Luckily, Price couldn't be further removed from the ugly American stereotype. He's perceptive, open-minded and intelligent, transcribing Europe with the confident, lofty lyricism of an American sportswriter who has found his voice. His metaphors hit the mark, whether summing up the doping accusations against Lance Armstrong, eating eggs with Ted Williams, experiencing the fanaticism of the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry, exploring Europe's obsession with soccer or sitting down with prospective NBA centers from the former Eastern bloc. Price is aware that the biggest action has a way of following him wherever he goes. Indeed, his memoir is a stroll through a minefield of recent European headlines—the train bombings in Madrid, the Le Pen vote scare in France and the 2004 Athens Olympics. The personal becomes political and the political gets personal in this travel memoir, as national identities and sports collide. (Sept.)
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"A masterpiece."--Chicago Tribune
Price blends an unerring eye for detail and nuance with fresh, crackling prose that gives these insights a startling authenticity." Boston Globe
"One of the year's five best reads."--Esquire
The seasoned reporter behind this memoir is a master of the new journalism developed by Hunter Thompson, Gay Talese and Price's personal paragon, Pete Hamill. Whenever he writes about sports--or about the craft of writing--he hits it over the fence."
--The New York Times
"[Price is] perceptive, open-minded, and intelligent, transcribing Europe with the confident, lofty lyricism of an American sportswriter who has found his voice."
"This isn't a great sports book. It's a great book."
--Bill Littlefield, Host, Only a Game
"I'd pay to read a grocery list if Scott Price wrote it."
--Sefan Fatsis, NPR sports commentator
"A social commentarry of the first order. Highly recommended."
"In FAR AFIELD, S.L. Price displays the full range of his formidable talents -- then pushes further into new territory. This book has the intimacy of a memoir, the global reach of a terrific travelogue, and the firm spine of gifted sportswriting. As Price transcends one genre after another, the reader is carried along on an exciting ride."