Howard Cosell by Mark Ribowsky
The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

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“Brilliant . . . entertaining . . . a thought-provoking portrayal of the multi-faceted Howard Cosell in all his glory and enmity.”—Don Ohlmeyer, Wall Street Journal


Howard Cosell’s colorful bombast, fearless reporting, and courageous stance on civil rights made him one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in American sports history. “Telling it like it is,” he covered nearly every major sports story for three decades, from the travails of Muhammad Ali to the tragedy at the Munich Olympics. Now, two decades after his death, this deeply misunderstood sports legend has finally gotten the “definitive” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and revelatory biography he so much deserves. With more than forty interviews, Mark Ribowsky has brilliantly presented Cosell’s endless complexities in the “first thoroughly researched and effectively framed biography of Cosell and his times” (Huffington Post).
 

About Mark Ribowsky

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Mark Ribowsky s the highly praised author of Howard Cosell and the New York Times Notable Book Don’t Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball. He lives in Clearwater, Florida.
 
Published November 14, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 521 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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You could make a case that Howard Cosell (1918–1995) was the single most important sports broadcaster ever. You would be right.

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The New York Times

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Mark Ribowsky’s biography charts Howard Cosell’s rise from obscurity.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Hostility grew as Cosell lambasted them for things like "glorifying futility" with their fawning coverage of Casey Stengel and the pathetic original Mets, whom Cosell considered an insult to Major League Baseball and its fans.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Hostility grew as Cosell lambasted them for things like "glorifying futility" with their fawning coverage of Casey Stengel and the pathetic original Mets, whom Cosell considered an insult to Major League Baseball and its fans.

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Star Tribune

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This powerful book shows Cosell in all his tempestuous glory, dragging broadcast journalism into the modern world.

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Los Angeles Times

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An encyclopedic book on the late sportscaster has the heft of a presidential biography.

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Dallas News

Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth and the Transformation of American Sports is an exhilarating look back at a man and a time that are inextricably entwined.

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San Francisco Chronicle

I remember when the Vietnam crisis was going, you'd go on television and say, 'If you don't believe Muhammad Ali is champion, then get in the ring with him.' I want to say that helped me during my exile.' " I spent most of the '90s working as a Chronicle sportswriter and found Cosell's legacy ine...

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Chicago Tribune

When ABC Sports guru Roone Arledge was suggesting Howard Cosell for "Monday Night Football," NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle replied: "Cosell?

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NJ.com

Politics » |

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The New Yorker

Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925

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My San Antonio

Ribowsky deftly captures Cosell, and anyone who cares about sports and how we talk about sports will find this book well worth the time, no matter how off-putting its subject was to many.

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Military.com

That Cosell was a collaborate force in the whirling controversial vortex that was Muhammad, and that Cosell was an important figure during the explosion of sports television in the 1970s both are proven definitively in these pages, but the lasting message is only that were there a Common Insecuri...

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