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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597974129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597974127
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,339,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There were giants in those days: Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, Red Grange, Bobby Jones, Knute Rockne, Bill Tilden, and Gertrude Ederle. Michael Bohn is the first to bring them all together. Heroes and Ballyhoo is gravid with excitement; you can almost hear the crowd roar when you open the book."—Allen Barra, Wall Street Journal
(Allen Barra Wall Street Journal 2009-11-02)

“Mike Bohn has captured sports’s Golden Age in a way that makes me wish I’d lived back then—with all those heroes, both on the field and up in the press box. Every fan of sports should read this book to appreciate where we’ve come from, and realize how there used to be a better world out there, except for advances in air-conditioning.”—Dan Jenkins, sportswriter and author of Jenkins at the Majors
(Dan Jenkins 2009-10-29)

“Want to know why the 1920s is the most seminal decade in the history of American sport? Read Michael Bohn’s Heroes and Ballyhoo, a page-turning and stirring plunge into a time when America’s most beloved figures—those wielding big wooden bats and wearing leather football helmets—held the country spellbound. A terrific piece of historical journalism.”—Lars Anderson, author of Carlisle Vs. Army, and staff writer for Sports Illustrated
(Lars Anderson 2009-10-12)

“In the early years of the Roaring Twenties, American women not only won the right to vote but they also earned headlines alongside their male counterparts during the Golden Age of American sports. Michael Bohn shares an engaging story of how two sports heroines, tennis player Helen Wills and swimmer Gertrude Ederle, helped embolden women to seek self-fulfillment by challenging the status quo.”—Donna de Varona, Olympic gold medalist and Emmy Award–winning sportscaster
(Donna de Varona 2009-10-27)

“Hype, hoopla, and histrionics characterized American sports in the 1920s, as well as all kinds of talented and unusual characters. Michael Bohn’s Heroes and Ballyhoo is a treatise, a tribute, and a tip of the cap to that special time. Carefully researched and written, this is a book that belongs on your sports bookshelf.”—Harvey Frommer, author of Remembering Yankee Stadium
(Harvey Frommer 2009-10-26)

“Michael Bohn provides a rare opportunity to experience the American sporting scene in the Roaring Twenties. A constant stream of legendary characters marches across these pages. You’ll meet them all: the Babe, the Four Horsemen, the Manassa Mauler, the Wheaton Iceman, Bill Tilden, Gertrude Ederle, and Grantland Rice, the sportswriter whose purple prose made them all come alive.”—Peter Golenbock, author of George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire
(Peter Golenbock 2009-10-25)

About the Author

Michael K. Bohn's latest book, Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin’ on Birdies (Potomac Books, Inc., 2007), was one of Golf Digest’s top golf books of 2007. A freelance writer, Bohn is the golf reporter for nineteen weeklies in Northern Virginia. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaveHwriter on September 25, 2010
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Great overview. Touches on the major points. Bibliography is an excellent list from which to go deeper on the topics.
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Michael Bohn has been writing for publication since 1996, but led a varied life before that. A career naval intelligence officer from 1969 to 1988, Bohn served aboard ships and intelligence centers, including a tour in South Vietnam. He was a military social aide to President Nixon and ran the White House Situation Room for President Reagan. He sent a twice-daily summary of world events to Reagan and senior White House staff members and provided crisis management support during dozens of international dust-ups during Reagan's second term. He was swept up in the Iran-Contra scandal while working for Reagan and became a victim of political posturing of the highest order.

Mr. Bohn managed defense contracts for Booz*Allen, 1988-92, and owned a residential remodeling company 1992-2001.

Michael was a primary contributor and on-screen personality for a 1999 Discovery Channel documentary on submarine warfare during the Cold War. He acted as a program consultant for, and appeared in, two BBC Television documentaries about crisis management in the White House, one in November 2002 and the other in April 2003. Also, Mr. Bohn appeared in a July 2003 special, "The White House at War," a joint ABC News, New York Times, and Discovery Channel project; and in a 2004 German public TV special, "Palaces of Power."

In seeking to establish a writing career, Bohn turned to his friend Gene Gibbons, then the Reuters White House correspondent. "Write for the local paper," Gibbons said, "they'll print anything." In 1996, he sold his first article to the Mount Vernon Gazette, which circulates in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington DC. Since then he has written features and reported on golf for the Gazette and 18 other papers in the Connection Newspaper group in Virginia.

His first book was Nerve Center, Inside the White House Situation Room (2003). The second soon followed--The Achille Lauro Hijacking (2004), and his third, Money Golf (2007), a history of the gentlemanly wager on the golf course, was named by Golf Digest as one of the most intriguing golf books of 2007.

Bohn's latest book, Heroes & Ballyhoo: How the Golden Age of the 1920s Transformed American Sports, will be published in late October by Potomac Books.

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