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Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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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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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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting book about a very admirable man, Lamar Hunt, and about his unusual brothers and father. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Kristi Jackson
I really liked it. I learned so much about a great man. He really was a head of his time.Published on October 15, 2013 by Cyrus
Wonderful book! about a wonderful, special man who had much more impact than a die hard KC Chiefs fan and avid sports fan even knewPublished on May 22, 2013 by kathleen allegri
Good job, very detailed, Lamar Hunt was an exceptional person by any measurement....Author told a story that needed to be told.Published on February 26, 2013 by Robert Halford