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Heroes and Ballyhoo: How the Golden Age of the 1920s Transformed American Sports Hardcover – November 1, 2009

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"There were giants in those days: Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, Red Grange, Bobby Jones, Knute Rockne, Bill Tilden, and Gertrude Ederle. Michael Bohn is the first to bring them all together. Heroes and Ballyhoo is gravid with excitement; you can almost hear the crowd roar when you open the book."—Allen Barra, Wall Street Journal
(Allen Barra Wall Street Journal 2009-11-02)

“Mike Bohn has captured sports’s Golden Age in a way that makes me wish I’d lived back then—with all those heroes, both on the field and up in the press box. Every fan of sports should read this book to appreciate where we’ve come from, and realize how there used to be a better world out there, except for advances in air-conditioning.”—Dan Jenkins, sportswriter and author of Jenkins at the Majors
(Dan Jenkins 2009-10-29)

“Want to know why the 1920s is the most seminal decade in the history of American sport? Read Michael Bohn’s Heroes and Ballyhoo, a page-turning and stirring plunge into a time when America’s most beloved figures—those wielding big wooden bats and wearing leather football helmets—held the country spellbound. A terrific piece of historical journalism.”—Lars Anderson, author of Carlisle Vs. Army, and staff writer for Sports Illustrated
(Lars Anderson 2009-10-12)

“In the early years of the Roaring Twenties, American women not only won the right to vote but they also earned headlines alongside their male counterparts during the Golden Age of American sports. Michael Bohn shares an engaging story of how two sports heroines, tennis player Helen Wills and swimmer Gertrude Ederle, helped embolden women to seek self-fulfillment by challenging the status quo.”—Donna de Varona, Olympic gold medalist and Emmy Award–winning sportscaster
(Donna de Varona 2009-10-27)

“Hype, hoopla, and histrionics characterized American sports in the 1920s, as well as all kinds of talented and unusual characters. Michael Bohn’s Heroes and Ballyhoo is a treatise, a tribute, and a tip of the cap to that special time. Carefully researched and written, this is a book that belongs on your sports bookshelf.”—Harvey Frommer, author of Remembering Yankee Stadium
(Harvey Frommer 2009-10-26)

“Michael Bohn provides a rare opportunity to experience the American sporting scene in the Roaring Twenties. A constant stream of legendary characters marches across these pages. You’ll meet them all: the Babe, the Four Horsemen, the Manassa Mauler, the Wheaton Iceman, Bill Tilden, Gertrude Ederle, and Grantland Rice, the sportswriter whose purple prose made them all come alive.”—Peter Golenbock, author of George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire
(Peter Golenbock 2009-10-25)

About the Author

Michael K. Bohn's latest book, Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin’ on Birdies (Potomac Books, Inc., 2007), was one of Golf Digest’s top golf books of 2007. A freelance writer, Bohn is the golf reporter for nineteen weeklies in Northern Virginia. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597974129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597974127
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,970,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great overview. Touches on the major points. Bibliography is an excellent list from which to go deeper on the topics.
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