Jewish Jocks by Franklin Foer
An Unorthodox Hall of Fame

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In describing that moment, Mr. Plotz illustrates what "Jewish Jocks" is all about: Jews who strive, fight, train and, sometimes, triumph.
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2012 National Jewish Book Award Winner

JEWISH JOCKS: AN UNORTHODOX HALL OF FAME is a timeless collection of biographical musings, sociological riffs about assimilation, first-person reflections, and, above all, great writing on some of the most influential and unexpected pioneers in the world of sports. Featuring work by today's preeminent writers, these essays explore significant Jewish athletes, coaches, broadcasters, trainers, and even team owners (in the finite universe of Jewish Jocks, they count!).
Contributors include some of today's most celebrated writers covering a vast assortment of topics, including David Remnick on the biggest mouth in sports, Howard Cosell; Jonathan Safran Foer on the prodigious and pugnacious Bobby Fischer; Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson writing elegantly on Marty Reisman, America's greatest ping-pong player and the sport's ultimate showman. Deborah Lipstadt examines the continuing legacy of the Munich Massacre, the fortieth anniversary of which coincided with the 2012 London Olympics. Jane Leavy reveals why Sandy Koufax agreed to attend her daughter's bat mitzvah. And we learn how Don Lerman single-handedly thrust competitive eating into the public eye with three pounds of butter and 120 jalapeño peppers. These essays are supplemented by a cover design and illustrations throughout by Mark Ulriksen.

From settlement houses to stadiums and everywhere in between, JEWISH JOCKS features men and women who do not always fit the standard athletic mold. Rather, they utilized talents long prized by a people of the book (and a people of commerce) to game these games to their advantage, in turn forcing the rest of the world to either copy their methods-or be left in their dust.

 

About Franklin Foer

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Franklin Foer is editor of the New Republic and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization. Marc Tracy is a staff writer at the New Republic. Previously, he was a staff writer at Tablet magazine; the blog he edited there, The Scroll, won the 2011 National Magazine Award.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Twelve. 293 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David Oshinsky on Nov 30 2012

A fair number of these essays are unconnected to Jewish influence in sports. They simply profile an athlete who happens to be Jewish.

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Reviewed by WILL LEITCH on Nov 16 2012

In describing that moment, Mr. Plotz illustrates what "Jewish Jocks" is all about: Jews who strive, fight, train and, sometimes, triumph.

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