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The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan Hardcover – April 14, 2008
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Jordan here displays his rich skills as a reporter and observer and his talent for good old-fashioned story telling. -- William Nack, author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion
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In an otherwise wonderful piece on the race driver Phil Hill, he repeatedly misspells the names of two of the biggest names in racing, Hill's competitors Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, as well as referring to those devices that stop cars as "breaks." And he calls Moss an American. I'm no racing fan at all, but even I knew how to spell Moss's and Gurney's names and that Moss is English.
That complaint aside, this is some of the best sportswriting I've ever read, nearly Angell-ic in quality.
Jordan, a master of the long profile, has written for most of the major magazines, including Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, Playboy, Inside Sports, GQ, Reader's Digest, The Atlantic Monthly and many others.
Editor Alex Belth has selected an interesting collection of profiles, including Wilt Chamberlain, Steve and Cindy Garvey, O.J. Simpson, Whitey Herzog, Greg Louganis, Carlton Fisk, Bobby Hurley, Roger Clemens, Pete Rose Jr. and Deion Sanders.
You will learn a lot about Jordan and his writing from the book's introduction, author's note and 16-page interview with him.
Jordan is hard on his subjects, telling the brutal truth. He's a brilliant writer and astute observer.
He says his con is "Getting people to tell the truth about themselves. I want them to talk about more than they're willing to talk about."
Jordan is determined to dig beneath the surface to reveal the truths of his subject. Don't expect to like all the athletes Jordan writes about.
Described as a "writer's writer," Jordan has "a talent for revealing detail, scene and image."
You don't have to read all 26 articles to appreciate Jordan's immense talent.
I don't blame Jordan for most of the errors, spelling mistakes, etc. - they should have been caught by the editor.
This book made Jordan a more likable person compared with his most recent book Nice Tuesday.