"Marc Tracy and Franklin Foer have compiled JEWISH JOCKS: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame
, essays on 'the most influential Jews in sports,' from athletes, coaches, and owners to broadcasters and statisticians. David Remnick, David Brooks, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jane Leavy, and Steven Pinker are among the heavyweight contributors. You'll laugh, you'll cry." (Publishers Weekly, Top 10 Sports Books Fall 2012
"Fifty well-written brief portraits." (The New York Times Book Review
"Jewish Jocks' ends up convincing you of its theme: The history of Jews in sports is, in important ways, the history of sports." (Wall Street Journal Will Leitch
"A must for the bookshelf of any Jewish sports fan." ( Kirkus Reviews
"Belies the cheap punch line [to] prove that the Jewish sporting tradition is as rich as it is varied. Jewish Jocks features notable writers in peak form." (Sports Illustrated
"A skillful collection... through its sheer comprehensiveness, JEWISH JOCKS also makes the argument that the Jewish athlete isn't an anomaly." (Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Franklin Foer is editor of the New Republic and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at the New Republic. Previously, he was a staff writer at Tablet magazine; the blog he edited there, The Scroll, won the 2011 National Magazine Award.