Namath by Mark Kriegel
A Biography

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In between Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan there was Joe Namath, one of the  few sports heroes to transcend the game he played. Novelist and former sports-columnist Mark Kriegel’s bestselling biography of the iconic quarterback details his journey from steel-town pool halls to the upper reaches of American celebrity—and beyond. The first of his kind, Namath enabled a nation to see sports as show biz. For an entire generation he became a spectacle of booze and broads, a guy who made bachelorhood seem an almost sacred calling, but it was his audacious “guarantee” of victory in Super Bowl III that ensured his legend. This unforgettable portrait brings readers from the gridiron to the go-go nightclubs as Kriegel uncovers the truth behind Broadway Joe and why his legend has meant so much to so many.


About Mark Kriegel

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Mark Kriegel is the author of two critically acclaimed bestsellers, Namath: A Biography and Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich. He is a veteran columnist and a commentator for the NFL Network. He lives with his daughter, Holiday, in Santa Monica, California.
Published July 26, 2005 by Penguin Books. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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The sooty mill towns in western Pennsylvania have churned out a host of professional football players, but none left a mark on the sport like Joe Namath, the handsome bad boy, boozer, and womanizer from Beaver Falls.

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Mark Kriegel's biography of Joe Namath is a colorful, detailed and essentially affectionate portrait that follows the standard sports-hero trajectory.

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Publishers Weekly

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Avoiding the pitfalls of mythology while telling a larger-than-life story is never easy, but Kriegel does it grandly in this landmark portrait of the 1960s icon. From the segregated South to the er

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USA Today

Kriegel takes the listener from Namath's difficult boyhood in a Pennsylvania mill town to the University of Alabama, where Namath played football for the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, to his becoming a media darling during his career in the NFL, during which he became as famous for his late night...

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Meticulous and lively (if a bit distant, since Namath declined to cooperate), Kriegel's book explores the development of sound bites and celebrity endorsements, both Namath specialties, while offering an endearing view of the legend who claimed that bingeing helped his game.

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Bookmarks Magazine

It is as if they can’t reconcile their memories of Broadway Joe with the drunken, luckless-in-love man he became (sadly demonstrated last year on live television when an inebriated Namath twice told ESPN’s sideline reporter Suzy Kolber that he wanted to kiss her).

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