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League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth Paperback – Illustrated, August 26, 2014
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“The book should come with a warning label for football fans: Watching a game will never be the same after you read it. . . . [Fainaru-Wada and Fainaru] ask tough questions of the NFL without taking their conclu- sions too far.”—NPR
“Engaging and well written . . . an informative, intriguing and sobering book about power and control. I recommend it strongly.”—Nate Jackson, The Washington Post
“Journalistically bruising.”—Peter King
“Clear-eyed and devastating.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“League of Denial should be required reading in secondary schools for all athletes. Those of us outside the lines will be wiser, as well, for having invested just a few hours to read it.”—Tim Cowlishaw, The Dallas Morning News
About the Author
Steve Fainaru is an investigative reporter for ESPN. While covering the Iraq war for The Washington Post, he received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his investigation into the U.S. military’s reliance on private security contractors. He lives in Berkeley, California.
- Publisher : Crown; Illustrated edition (August 26, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0770437567
- ISBN-13 : 978-0770437565
- Lexile measure : 1070L
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In fact my only complaint is that I find myself unable to watch football anymore. The story is haunting. The implications are deep. I wrestled in high school, and we had members of the football team who wrestled in the off-season. One of my fellow wrestlers went on to play pro-football with the Falcons. The implications of the concussion issue, and the actions of the NFL and other related companies like Ryddel (sports gear) are laid out in a factual manner, leaving it up to the reader to judge. I was never a major football fan, but now it feels like contributing to something darker.
That having been said, I find it a story I needed to be told. I needed the contextualization. I understand things vastly better now than I did, and appreciate the players more than before.
I cannot say that I will stop watching pro football. Yet, having read League of Denial makes me wonder if I should.
The writing is top-notch. The research is comprehensive. And, the tragic stories of hall-of-fame player Mike Webster, future Hall-of-Famer Junior Seau, and others, are compelling and heartbreaking.
League of Denial blows the lid off the conspiracy to cover up the long-term consequences of concussions in the NFL. The book is must reading for fans, coaches and players at all levels, and parents.
You don't have to be a football fan to appreciate and be moved by League of Denial.
Every. Single. Hit.