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H. G. "Buzz" Bissinger graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He has worked for many newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, and he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 1987 for a series on the Philadelphia Court System. He has written for magazines including Sports vis mere Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and Vanity Fair, for which he has been a contributing editor since 1996. Bissinger also co-produced and wrote for the ABC television drama NYPD Blue and published the nonfiction books Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City and Three Nights in August. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Bidragyder — 53 eksemplarer
The Best American Sports Writing 2001 (2002) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer

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This is a detailed analysis of the three-game baseball series in August 2003 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. It is told through the eyes of Tony La Russa and delves into many details of baseball that are invisible to most fans. The author goes into Tony’s thoughts on the strategy for the game going beyond just the play-by-play thoughts. He describes the psychology of player selection, both the egos and goals of the players and the opposing lineup. He looks into the player rituals, revenge hit-by-pitcher strategies, if he can afford to hurt a player’s ego.

It does go into pitch-by-pitch commentary at times, discussing how the game and the psychology changes at each point, what options La Russa is considering and what counters he anticipates.

The writing is ok. But the author does repeatedly use bad metaphors to emphasize points at times, I’m not quite sure he knows what his target audience is, but it did kind of remind me of some baseball announcers I’ve heard.

Overall I enjoyed the book, it is a good read for the baseball enthusiast.
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Nodosaurus | 13 andre anmeldelser | Jan 4, 2024 |
The thread that holds this book together is an arranged football game between all star college football players who are drafted into the military to serve on the Pacific front. The story of the game is secondary taking only a chapter to describe. The central focal point are the biographies of the players before and after the game itself. The book is a wonderful testament to the courage and sacrifice of the players and their families due to World War 2.
 
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muddyboy | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 30, 2023 |
This was a book that was recommended to me. Otherwise I would never have chosen to read this. The title refers to a real football game played during world war 2 in December 1944 on Guadalcanal. It was between 2 Marine regiments. The Author used this game as a framing device for the story about the soldiers who played in the game. The book is about some select players who came from various backgrounds and were for the most part outstanding college players many who would go on to play pro football. Of the 65 who played in the game and fought in the bloody battle of Okinawa, 15 were killed in the battle. Bissinger does an excellent job of personalizing these players. It really personalizes the war and makes it more than just numbers. He spares nothing in describing the military at the time with competition between the Army, Navy, and Marines, bad leadership decisions, the racism against blacks etc. It also calls into play how the Japanese prolonged the war and caused needless death on all sides by refusing to surrender when there was no chance of their winning the war. Many believe that the experience of Okinawa where 250,000 people died in 80 days led to the decision to use the Atomic Bomb. It really will make you mad when see how casually leaders around the world(Putin) have no problem sending young men into war for their petty ambitions. It makes you grateful to not have to deal with what people in Europe and Asia did during World War 2 when an estimated 60 million died. This was a worthwhile read.… (mere)
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nivramkoorb | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2023 |
I really don't know football at all, and I think that prevented me a bit from enjoying this book as much as other people. For one thing, I really didn't get a handle on all of the different players (only Boobie stuck out) and my eyes glazed over when Bissinger would do a play-by-play of the games. But this is a powerful book about adolescence and the allure and psychic dangers of sports and putting people on a pedestal.
 
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