Praise for THOSE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN
"Those who work in the business of sport will devour the book...[readers are] granted the kind of behind-the-scenes access that sports media junkies are rarely given..." (SportsIllustrated.com Richard Deitsch
"Those Guys Have All the Fun
is a de rigueur
read for sports fans who wonder how a fired hockey announcer used a $9,000 credit card advance to start a broadcasting empire that changed what we think about sports and how we view them." (Denver Post Woody Paige
"Packed with entertaining stories of unpleasant people and awful behavior....[Those Guys Have All the Fun
is] offers a nuanced look at ESPN, does some top-notch TV-biz reporting on the early days of the cable industry, and offers compelling behind-the-scenes stories...[It is] a serious, impressive, piece of work." (Entertainment Weekly Rob Brunner
"A revelation: what goes onto the TV screen turns out to be just the glossy tip of an iceberg of ugly backstage drama. Miller and Shales must be extraordinarily talented interviewers, because their subjects are surprisingly uninhibited and frank and willing to dish and slag....[They are] good at zeroing in on a debacle and getting everybody involved to weigh in...by the end of the book you're amazed at the disconnect between the chaos behind the scenes and the relatively slick end product." (Time Lev Grossman
"Fascinating and compulsively readable." (Wall Street Journal Tim Marchman
"A fascinating little-engine-that-could tale of money, power and the early days of cable television." (Cleveland Plain Dealer Clint O?Connor
"As highly anticipated by sports junkies as a Chicago Cubs championship, [Those Guys Have All the Fun
] provides painstaking details on how a nutty idea concocted by a father-son team developed into a brand worth more than the NHL, MLB and NBA combined...Shales and Miller manage to create a page-turning document about the ultimate dysfunctional workplace" (Minneapolis Star Tribune Neil Justin
"...Perhaps the most anticipated book in sports media history." (Newsday
"Those Guys Have All the Fun
delivers a hell of a narrative...[and] an outstanding work of journalism. Easing interviewees into such comfort that they said what they did on record is an enormous achievement for Miller and Shales." (Fortune Daniel Roberts
"This treat for sports fans has a cast of characters that is huge and varied." (New York Times Janet Maslin
"What a story: larger-than-life personalities, salacious gossip, backstabbing and corporate intrigue set against the backdrop of the rise of cable television as an economic and cultural force....The quotes flow seamlessly, and the voices are fresh and vibrant...The depth and breadth of the interviews make it not only the definitive account of ESPN's first three decades but one of the best books yet on how cable shaped American culture." (Hollywood Reporter Andy Lewis
"A rollicking glimpse behind the guys and gals who sport around at ESPN, America's sports church. Amen." (Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
James Andrew Miller is the author of Running in Place: Inside the Senate
and coauthor of the national bestseller Live from New York: An Uncensored History of 'Saturday Night Live.'
He has worked in virtually all aspects of journalism-as well as on the entertainment side of television production and development-for more than twenty years.
Tom Shales is America's foremost television critic, having won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1989. His books include On the Air!, Legends
and, as coauthor, Live from New York
. For twenty-five years, he was film critic for National Public Radio.