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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books (September 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385483929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385483926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are places that many sports fans have heard about. But to visit them with Rushin riding shotgun, pointing out the odd detail with a nudge of the elbow, is a real delight." --USA Today

"A home run." --Maxim

"Insightful and hilarious...postcard perfect." --The San Diego Union-Tribune

"A riotous read...Sports fans should be grateful for a guy like Steve Rushin--not only does he make a hell of a tour guide, but he also does all the driving." --Esquire

"Both hilarious and resonant, a road trip memorable as much for its unlikely detours and pit stops as for what it reveals about America's obsession with sports." --

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In this alternately hilarious and insightful account, named a Best Book of 1998 by Publishers Weekly, >b>Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin uses the lens of sports to come to a deeper understanding of America.

On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, Steve Rushin decided to revisit the twin pursuits of his youth: epic car trips and an unhealthy obsession with sports. So he jumped into his fully alarmed Japanese S.U.V. and drove to American sports shrines for a year, everywhere from Larry Bird's boyhood home in French Lick, Indiana, to the cornfield just outside of Dyersville, Iowa, where Field of Dreams was filmed. Now in paperback, Road Swing is the story of his journey.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Books about an author taking a cross-country trip to ''discover'' hidden sports treasures around the fruited plain do not get any better than this.
I've enjoyed Rushin's ''Air and Space'' column for some time now, but never knew he had written a book until I came across it in the library one afternoon. He does not disappoint on either account. Rushin also manages to hit places throughout the country that not everyone has heard of. Heaven help the author that drives cross country and then tries to write meaningful, funny and most important of all fresh and interesting prose about the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Mississippi River.
As a Midwesterner, I appreciate Rushin's dry and self-deprecating sense of humor. Just his musing while in the car were pointed and funny at the same time. And he comes across as someone who can tell you something deep and profound without it sounding like your parents. (I can still laugh out loud just thinking about his day-trip in and around Selma, Alabama or his visit to French Lick, Indiana.)
The only complaint that kept this from being a five-star review was Rushin's ending, which wasn't that funny and almost too hokey to be believed. Too many authors try to wrap up books like this (think a sportsman's P. J. O'Rourke) by answering life's little (or big) questions. Rushin doesn't do that, but seems like he wants to.
(I'll be honest...I'm not to be one of those reviewers who reserves five-star reviews for books like Oliver Twist and anything by William S. I hate those books because I HAD to read them. I enjoy reviewing books I want to read.)
All in all a laugh-out-loud but think quietly book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Galt on November 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
I looked forward to this book and for the first 100 pages or so, it had me. Every sports fan's dream, hit the road, go to the places (Field of Dreams, Cooperstown, Williamsport, etc), and write about it. For the first 100 pages, a sometimes funny, good yarn about the road and its inhabitants. Somewhere around page 125, it falls off. The last twenty five pages were just blabbering. I really think that authors promise publishers that they will write enough pages to fill their promise or quota. There are much better adventure writers out there (Bill Bryson for one). Had to write this review because so many people raved about it. In the words of Tom Hanks from "Big"; "I don't get it".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Donovan on October 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
I rank this book as one of my all-time favorites. Frankly, I don't understand the negative reviews at all. If you appreciate(d) Steve Rushin's SI articles, you will enjoy this book. For me, his articles from this time period were the highlight of every weekly edition of SI, and I still consider it a treat when he appears today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra on March 23, 2013
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I wish Steve Rushin would write more books. He is HILARIOUS and my husband and I love reading his stuff.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy R. Sullivan on August 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've been wanting to read this for awhile, finally did and have mixed feelings about it, the same feelings I had about the author when he was with Sports Illustrated.

Though I miss Rushin's musings in SI (I wonder what he's doing now?), he often gave himself too much credit for his fancy word play and not enough credit for his ability to write excellent, insightful stories. Too often we're left with word play and no insight.

This book is classic Rushin: He's awesome in parts -- the details of the pool players, the story on the "Field of Dreams," and he really hits paydirt with the feature on Tim Couch and his town.

Sadly, he's more into detailing his hotel life, and worse yet, his tricky word play. On page 199 we read this, "How do you take your coffee?" a flight attendant asked. "Orally," I replied. By that time in the book, I was weary of this "Naked Gun" movie lines. At other times, he's very funny. Too often he's questioning bad spelling and grammar on signs instead of going into the personalities of people and the sports that they play.

When Rushin gets to the West Coast you can tell he's tired and I was fatigued with him. Showing typical East or Midwest bias, he barely writes about the West. When he gets to Portland, he doesn't talk about the city, only the rain and something about pro uniforms. His take on Spokane only refers to a story he wrote in Sports Illustrated. Rushin's car wasn't the only thing running out of gas, the writer was, too. He then talks of Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore ... uh, I thought this book was about sports?

I don't understand why Rushin mailed it in the last 50-75 pages.
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