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Sports Illustrated: Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories Hardcover – September 16, 2008

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* For a quarter century, Gary Smith has left the readers of Sports Illustrated spellbound and speechless with his compelling long-form storytelling, A four-time winner and nine-time nominee of the national Magazine Award (magazine equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), Smith writes just a handful of pieces a year for the sports weekly. Each is more than worth the wait: with his unparalleled ability to go both inside and outside
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160320024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603200240
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pony Boy on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved Smith's earlier collection, Beyond the Game. Since reading that half a dozen years ago, I have looked for more Smith. This is it.

Be advised, however, that several of the 20 chapter/articles are duplicates -- maybe as many as six. Mia Ham, Damn Yankee, Fidrych, Runners, Ali, and the Deep Divers. All great stories, and perhaps worth reading twice?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William B. Rollins on December 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gary Smith combines his great powers of observation and research to truly go deep into the subjects of these stories. He makes non-fiction seem like fiction in subtle ways.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Gerald Miller on November 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having had the privilege of sitting down and being interviewed by Gary Smith for one of the stories included in this book, I can appreciate the passion, and compassion, exhibited in each of the 20 stories. Sans the ego of other renowned authors, Gary Smith is a pristine example of one who is able to reach into the nooks and crannies of the lives of those he interviews without harrassment or intimidation. He can, with kindness and a true sense of humbleness, put one at ease and elicit the minute details involved in people's lives that bring these stories alive. It's so neat to be able to read the stories of the mighty and the meek in the same book. Regardless of your stature in life, Gary Smith has the unique gift of making the meek feel their story is important and can make a difference in other peoples lives. There are lessons to be learned from each of the 20 stories and will be appreciated by those who love sports stories, or just love great stories.
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Whether a story is about a famous athlete or an obscure coach, Gary Smith finds a way to wring passion and emotion out of it ... yet somehow, it almost never feels like he's pushing too hard to overdramatize a situation. Instead of glorifying sports, he beautifully highlights the common - and uncommon - humanity of the people who are touched by (and touch) the essence of competition and teamwork.

To cite just one outstanding example from this collection: If your eyes don't get watery when you read the story "Higher Education," about the unexpected black basketball coach at the small Mennonite school, you must lack a heart.

I have worked in the sports department of a major newspaper and have rubbed elbows with prominent sports journalists. But Gary Smith is my favorite writer of sports stories. I give this book my highest recommendation.
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Gary Smith writes stories that no one else sees.

The famous - Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm, and Andre Agassi revealed from the inside out. Muhammad Ali's career as seen through the eyes of his entourage.

The tragic - the death spiral of the "once weres" (Mark Fidrych) and the "never beens". Where does the athlete go after the crowds have left and the last lights are out.

The little stories - poor folk, small towns, poverty, strong people with big hearts.

This is a book about people - who also play sports.
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Gary Smith deserves endless plaudits for this collection of beautiful stories about the famous (Aggasi, Woods) and the not so famous. His love of sport transcends everything in his appreciation for all his subjects. This book will make you laugh, cry and make you love sport even more than you already did. Thank you Gary Smith for bringing these characters in to my life, if only for the short time I read about them.
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