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Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys' Club Hardcover – September 2, 2008

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“Fast, funny, entertaining and revealing.  The best part?  The unavoidable image in the reader’s mind of Linda herself machine-gunning her own story at you like a fascinating edition of Sportscenter…Dah Dah Dah, Dah Dah Dah.”

Kurt Russell – Award nominated actor, star of “Miracle” and former second baseman for the California Angels



“Lets put it this way.  After reading her book I now know things about Linda Cohn I couldn’t even have suspected from roughly 1000 hours of SportsCenters.  And I have reached the following conclusion:  Linda is the top Cohn-Head since Larraine Newman.”

Bob Costas – Sportscaster, author of Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball, winner of the Curt Gowdy Award, the Dick Schapp Award for Outstanding Journalism, and multiple Emmy Award and National Sportscaster of the year Award winner


“Life isn’t always pretty, but Linda’s story is a beautiful one.  It’s a compelling tale of courage, perseverance, and ultimately hope.  Her humor and authenticity shine through in every page and make it impossible not to become a fan.  And truth be told, Mark Messier notwithstanding, Linda is the reason we won the Stanley Cup in ’94.”

Mike Richter – Former NY Rangers goaltender and 2007 Yale graduate


“While reading Cohn-Head you will discover what I already know, Linda Cohn is not your typical sports journalist.  She is genuine and passionate about sports, especially when it comes to the teams she grew up with like the Mets.  Linda doesn’t throw you a curve, just explosive heat in her inspirational yet comical journey.”

Willie Randolph – NY Mets Manager, former All-Star for the National and American Leagues, winner of the Silver Slugger Award



"Wow!!!  Linda Cohn’s fascinating narrative of life and love in the testosterone driven world of American sports and ESPN is an excellent tale of one dynamic woman’s charging crusade to have it her way.  Cohn-Head bares it all personally and professionally; from battles won and lost, to dreams realized and shattered.  As with all things Linda Cohn, we can’t wait for what’s next, and Cohn-Head is our time traveling spaceship with Linda at the controls…Hold on everybody and enjoy the ride!!!"

Bill Walton- Hall of Fame Basketball Player, former All-Star and MVP, ABC/ESPN sports commentator




“Linda Cohn is far hotter than her 'girl in the locker room' persona would suggest.  I’ve been with her backstage at a rock and roll show….I know.”

Kevin Cronin – Lead vocalist for REO Speedwagon


“I enjoyed Linda Cohn delivering the sports on radio and TV before she ever made it to ESPN, and after all these years working alongside of her, the enjoyment is tenfold!  She does it the old-fashioned way…Sports by a sports fan for the sports fan.”

Chris Berman – ESPN Personality


Cohn-Head is both painfully honest and laugh out loud funny, filled with anecdotes and insights.  Come along for the journey of a self proclaimed child geek who grew up to be the swan of sports.”

Leslie Visser – CBS Sportscaster, first female sportscaster on “Monday Night Football,” winner of Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award and Billie Award.


“Linda Cohn grew up on Long Island yet becomes a Big New York Rangers fan, then she goes to college at the snowiest place on earth where she excels as a goaltender.  Out of college she gets into the man’s world of TV sports and becomes a star.  Who wouldn’t want to read about this lady.”

Barry Melrose – ESPN NHL Analyst, former NHL player and head coach


“Linda Cohn has been instrumental in the advancement of women in the media.  Her wonderful book tells her story so well.”

Tim Kurkjian – ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” analyst, author of  Is This a Great Game, or What?


Cohn-Head is a candid, sweet, humorous and intensely personal story of one of America’s most recognized and well-liked sports media personalities.  Linda Cohn is courageous enough to be introspective in a way that gives us insight into her personal evolution, from the difficulty of busting into the boy’s club that is the sports television industry to battling through her inner conflicts to become a mother and role model.  The kind of juggling act her male colleagues can observe but never experience.”

Michael Wilbon – Co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption”, sports columnist for The Washington Post





From the Inside Flap

The real challenge is when a baseball player comes up to you to do an interview and then drops his towel just as you’re about to ask your first question. I know it’s difficult for you guys out there to understand, just because it may be a fantasy of yours for a woman to come up to you in a locker room somewhere and drop her towel. But the opposite does not hold true. It really doesn’t. In fact, it’s a little creepy.”
One of America’s most successful female anchors lays bare her hard-fought rise to the top of the sportscasting boys’ club and her life inside the ESPN empire. She talks candidly about her own successes and missteps, and reveals her humorous, rewarding, and frightening interviews with sports personalities.
Growing up in a dysfunctional family, Linda Cohn became a diehard sports fan and a goalie on her high school (boys’) hockey team—setting the stage for college hockey stardom, when she was affectionately known as “Cohn-Head” by her teammates. She got her first break in sportscasting by covering a team she hated. She discusses the sexual tension all too present both in the workplace and the locker room, and her close encounters with the likes of Michael Jordan, Matthew McConaughey, and Jay-Z.

Written with verve, Cohn-Head is a riveting read—a must for sports fans of both sexes, as well as anyone who seeks insight into how one woman made a man’s world her own.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599211130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599211138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great read for both male and female sports fans! It's funny, witty, personal and eye-opening. I was already a big Linda Cohn fan, but now I have new found respect for this pioneer.
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Cohnhead is a must read for any sports fan or any female ready to take on the world!

I found myself laughing hysterical at vivid descriptions of a childhood-Cohn has an amazing talent for delivering a well woven story with a lot wit and humor!

Cohn's contagious passion for sports literally leaps off each page. It's no wonder why Cohn is THE most respected sports anchor-male or female!
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What a great read! I recommend this book for non-sports fans too. This book is written in a style that is very enjoyable and Linda's personality shines through. It was interesting to read how she got to where she is today. She shares insight and guidance, and clearly wants to help others achieve their goals as well.
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By Scott on September 29, 2008
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Really enjoyed the book and can be read in a sitting. It gave me a great insight into one of the pioneers of women is sports broadcasting. Very revealing and honest. I truly enjoyed the stories - they were so vivid, I almost felt as if I were a part of them.
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I read a lot of those hockey "auto"-biographies allegedly written by a player, coach, or other such individual - who actually sat down with some sportswriter, provided some background, and then let him or her do the actual writing. I enjoy the material, even though I know that the personality's words were interpreted by some professional journalist or other writer.

Cohn-Head is just like that - sort of. But different. Linda Cohn's claim to fame isn't her hockey playing days, even though she did spend time in high school and college between the pipes for the school's team. It's that she's a journalist. SO ... the book goes off in different directions, and the author really IS the author, without someone else trying to organize her thoughts and put them in sentences that sound like the book's subject actually wrote them.

Linda Cohn shows herself to be a lot more than "just" the pretty face on SportsCenter. As stated earlier, her love of hockey comes honestly with a college hockey background. Her carerr shows the benefit of hard work ... and breaks ... and not giving up because an earned opportunity doesn't come OR a challenge arises OR ...

Before I read this book, I thought that Linda Cohn would probably be a very interesting person to have a lengthy conversation with - after reading this book, I know she would be

Perhaps the only weakness in the book is the weak ending ... but even there, it shows that her life and career is still moving forward, and picking a certain period of time to write your memoirs does not mean that the moment is going to end on a momentous event that wraps everything up!

It's a quick read. Read it.

P.S. Several of the reviews I've read mention Linda's self-admitted self-absorbtion. Yes, the book centers around her - but it's her frickin' autobiography, what did you expect / want it to be about??
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Linda Cohn may think she has an interesting life story--but she's wrong. She spends the first 75 pages just getting out of college where the most exciting thing to happen is that her boyfriend hides her contacts. Then she skips around to different stations, where she admittedly should have been fired. She was an underachiever at school and work before she grew up and became a self-proclaimed groundbreaker (even though there were MANY other women who were sportscasters before her!).

She doesn't even get to ESPN until about 2/3's of the way through the book.

The ending to the book is sad and tragic. Throughout the book she puts down her devoted husband and at least four times she tells him she wants to split with him. Finally, just before the book is published, she leaves him and her kids--and that's how the book ends. Not only was she a mostly-absent mother to her kids, but she constantly took her husband's support for granted. She may see herself as a role model to female-empowerment people but she also paints herself as a bad mother and terrible wife who probably has mental health issues. She admits early in the book to being totally self-centered and by the end of the book she doesn't seem to have changed. You come away from the book admiring her husband but disliking Linda.

She seems like a sweet person but she has a dull life story and doesn't have much to write about other than the fact that she's a female sportscaster. She takes little everyday things that are normal to most people (interning, childbirth, etc.) and makes it sound like she's the first person to ever experience these things. She even admits throughout the book that she's boring and "simple." Not the exciting read that ESPN fanatics will be looking for.
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I picked this one up when I wanted something to read as I'm on the go. I remembered Linda Cohn from the late night Sports Center when she was involved with ESPN. Mostly this is an autobiography that details her childhood, growing up and playing street hockey for the first time and being the best at street hockey then she gets into the journalistic aspects of her work and going to Seattle for work before heading back to work at the headquarters of ESPN. There is a biographical photo spread in the middle of the book with plently of photos.

I think I did pick this one up and go do something else and then come back to it and then go do something else and then come back and pick it up again and so forth, it is that type of book that is very funny in some parts and sad and dramatic in others so it isn't at all boring but it is so detailed I had to take off and then come back to read the rest later on.

While she was at ESPN she was fulfilling a dream that she always wanted to do. I didn't have any problem following along it is for sure filled with alot of adventure and she had to go to interview more than once to get into the spot she wanted. I want to be very clear that it's not a slow read but not fast either and the best part of it is the funny moments and her behind the scenes accounts of her interactions at the studios with her coworkers. I finished this one, there are some books I start on and almost finish, but overall I was able to maintain interest. Not too bad and not as boring as some of the reviews say. I mean she was sacked but she was in a male dominated industry and did a good job at what she loved the most which is sports.

Good to take this one on a trip. I am going to give it 5 stars because it was well written and has so many ups and downs it's just like a soap opera lol. Overall, recommend.
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