Collision Low Crossers by Nicholas Dawidoff
A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football

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...the book is a triumph less of access than of immersion and portraiture. Dawidoff runs his subjects dry — he took more than 8,000 pages of notes — and creates an ensemble of interlocking stories.
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An unrivaled portrait of day-to-day life in the NFL: "Riveting...An instant classic." -- New York Times Book Review

By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language. Equal parts Paper Lion, Moneyball, Friday Night Lights, and The Office, this absorbing, funny, and vivid narrative gets to the heart of a massive and stressful collective endeavor.

Here is football in many faces: the polarizing, brilliant, and hilarious head coach; the general manager, whose job is to support (and suppress) the irrepressible coach; the defensive coaches and their in-house rivals, the offensive coaches; and of course the players. Wise safeties, brooding linebackers, high-strung cornerbacks, enthusiastic rookies, and a well-read nose tackle-they make up a strange and complex family. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike in a book about football that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.
 

About Nicholas Dawidoff

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Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four books. One of them, The Fly Swatter, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and another, In the Country of Country, was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Conde Nast Traveller. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been a Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri and Berlin Prize Fellow, and is a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and the American Scholar. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
 
Published November 19, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 477 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Mark Leibovich on Dec 06 2013

...the book is a triumph less of access than of immersion and portraiture. Dawidoff runs his subjects dry — he took more than 8,000 pages of notes — and creates an ensemble of interlocking stories.

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Good
Reviewed by Michael Jones on Sep 15 2013

Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football is a book that I would highly recommend not just for lovers of sports writing, but for lovers of intelligent writing that sheds new light on something so universal in the average American’s life that the average American might never notice.

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Good
Reviewed by John Tamny on Mar 23 2014

Whatever your interest, be it in sports, business, or even politics, Collision Low Crossers is a great read. You won’t be disappointed.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Oct 28 2013

Imagine being a fly on the wall for an NFL team for an entire season. That's what Nicholas Dawidoff did for the 2011 Jets, and the result is as good a football book as has been written. There's a ton of information here, all nicely presented. Do yourself a favor and get this if you like football.

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