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Michael MacCambridge has written about movies, music, and popular culture, but he is best known as one of the nation's foremost authorities on pro and college football. His book America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation was named one of the most distinguished works of non-fiction by the Washington Post in 2004. MacCambridge's freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and many other publications. Since 1997, he has been an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449423396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449423391
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael MacCambridge has written about movies, music and popular culture, but he is best known as one of the nation's foremost authorities on pro and college football.

His 2004 book 'America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation' was published by Random House, and named by The Washington Post as one of the most distinguished works of non-fiction in 2004. The book also won the Nelson Ross Award given by the Professional Football Researchers Association, for outstanding achievement in pro football research and history. The paperback version was published by Anchor Vintage in 2005.

In 2012, he wrote 'Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports,' the official biography of the American sportsman inducted in the pro football, international tennis and national soccer halls of fame.

His first book was 'The Franchise: A History of Sports Illustrated Magazine,' which was named as a New York Times Noteworthy Book, and described by the Boston Globe as "one of the great sports-book reads of all time." In 1999, he was the editor and a contributing writer for the New York Times bestseller 'ESPN SportsCentury,' a retrospective of sports in the 20th Century that included original essays by David Halberstam, Joyce Carol Oates, Roy Blount, Jr., Gerald Early, and others.

In 2005, MacCambridge edited the critically-acclaimed 'ESPN College Football Encyclopedia,' hailed by Sports Illustrated as "the Bible" of the sport.

In 2009, MacCambridge co-authored 'More Than A Game: The Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL,' with Brian Billick, the Super Bowl-winning former head coach of the Baltimore Raves. Also in 2009, MacCambridge was one of the contributing essayists to 'A New Literary History of America,' by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors.

MacCambridge's freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and many other publications. From 1988-95, he was a columnist and critic at the Austin American-Statesman, writing about movies, music and popular culture. He earned a Master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1986. A year earlier, he received his B.A. from Creighton University in Omaha.

Since 1997, he has been an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and performed a wide range of public speaking and editorial consulting work. The father of two children, Miles and Ella, he lives in St. Louis.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James J. Kane VINE VOICE on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"He is not remembered, like his father, for being a mythic figure of oil and politics and manifest destiny. Instead, Lamar Hunt was renowned because he was perhaps the most unusual combination ever of decency, innovation, secretiveness, optimism, persistence, naivete, politesse, shyness, loyalty, and an irrepressible love of the moment."

In the pantheon of American sports, especially football and notably coaches and owners, the names of Halas, Lombardi, and Brown come easily to mind. And yet, a Texas born son of an well known and powerful oil man, has shaped the game we watch today in ways that if not overshadow at least stands tall above a long time and influential owner in the NFL , a legendary coach whose teams won the first two Super Bowls, and perhaps the game's most innovative offensive genus. But Lamar Hunt did more than influence and shape the game of contemporary American football, he shaped and influenced the landscape of sports around the world in ways that many of us have yet to realize.

Michael MacCambridge takes us on a journey to help us discover just how much and how far Lamar Hunt, a shy and polite man who often downplayed his wealth, yet used it to bring spectator sports in America to a new level, changed the nature and status of sports in late 20th-century America.

"To understand all that he had accomplished, it was useful to remember how humble and provincial the American sports industry was in the late '50s. The games, even then, were a vital part of the leisure time of a group of spirited, youthful minded people. But in 1959, one could walk down a street in virtually any major city in America, and see no evidence whatsoever of the existence of spectator sports in the country...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ISN Soccer on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lamar Hunt is a legend among legends, the most decorated man in all of American sports. He was an innovator that brought sporting diversity to America. He created a professional league that would take on the NFL, forcing one of the most incredible mergers in the history of sports. He made professional tennis relevant and saved American soccer twice. Lifetimes of accomplishments could be found in a man that saw work and pleasure as the very same thing. He never gave up, was incredibly loyal and humble, and was a true visionary in every sense of the world.

It is safe to say that Mr. Hunt is an idol of mine. He represents the best of the beautiful game in America. He fell in love with soccer and wanted to share it with all Americans, creating the original NASL in the process. The league would bring the world's game to the States, inspiring a new generation of fans and players. He was there for the highs of Pelé and the Cosmos and the lows of the league's complete collapse.

But when Hunt put his mind to something, things happened. He didn't give up on soccer and eventually became one of the key architects of a new league, MLS. Again he propped up the league on his shoulders, ensuring that soccer would live another day in America.

With Lamar Hunt's incredible work in the past, American soccer has a solid foundation that has it poised for a breakthrough of breakthroughs in the next 15-20 years. Without Hunt, soccer would have been nothing more than a memory.

This is the first book that really does the Hunt family justice and that is saying something. It captures the spirit of an American pioneer, a gentleman that loved sports as no other man could.
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If you are an avid Chief's fan or Sports history buff this is a super recounting some autobiographical perspectives of Lamar Hunt and his life and what led to his success in sports and ownership of NFL Football team which was one of his dreams from a young age.

I'm not but a quarter way through the book but it is very interesting reading. This helps to really explain the man, his ideals, his trials, his quirks and the reason many adored and honored and respected him as the Father of the AFC and more....will leave it a mystery but there's way more to just his involvement in football, his sports interests help to further many more professional sports and escalate to a new level and helped all athletes n these sports to attain financial success and to help further their sports now and for the future!
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The perfect author, Michael MacCambridge, tackled a subject long overdue--the impact Lamar Hunt had on sports not only in North America but on a global scale. His track record as a sports owner alone was worth writing about--founder of the American Football League and the man who not only made the merger with the National Football League but helped create the iconic Super Bowl (even the name was his...well, his child's idea), owner of the North American Soccer League's Dallas Tornado who almost alone kept pro soccer afloat in the years before Pele joined the NASL then was a founding member of the current Major Soccer League as well as the man who pioneered the soccer-specific stadium building boom. We're not finished yet. He was a part-owner of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls from the pre-Michael Jordan era as well as the founder of the World Championship Tennis tour circuit that helped augur the pro era of men's tennis.

These are just background facts. It's the wonderful life Lamar lived that make this an extraordinary story. He was born into wealth as the Hunt family were oil barons in Texas. It was how he veered off from that family business to follow his sports passion that is so intriguing. You learn in the book that Lamar used to travel to soccer's World Cup Finals from Germany to Japan to experience a sport live right in the crowds not in some luxury box.

He also built an apartment right into the Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium so he could stay overnight after games before heading home to Dallas (Lamar despite his strong association with KC, lived all his life in his Texas hometown).
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