Upon Further Review by Mike Pesca
The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

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“Upon Further Review” is a smart, thoughtful book. Every one of these 30-plus essays is worth a look...they all have something meaningful to offer – even if it’s just a laugh. Sports are a vital component of our cultural fabric; it’s a lot of fun to wonder at the different ways those threads might have been woven together.
-The Maine Edge

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From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slate podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way.
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Upon Further Review is a book of counterfactual sporting scenarios. In its pages the reader will find expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head, and the resulting ripples are carefully documented, the likes of...

What if the U.S. Boycotted Hitler's Olympics?

What if Bobby Riggs beat Billie Jean King?

What if Bucky Dent popped out at the foot of the Green Monster?

What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt?

Upon Further Review takes classic arguments conducted over pints in a pub and places them in the hands of dozens of writers, athletes, and historians. From turning points that every sports fan rues or celebrates, to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, Upon Further Review answers age old questions, and settles the score, even if the score bounced off the crossbar.
 

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Published May 15, 2018 by Twelve. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 30 2018

“Upon Further Review” is a smart, thoughtful book. Every one of these 30-plus essays is worth a look...they all have something meaningful to offer – even if it’s just a laugh. Sports are a vital component of our cultural fabric; it’s a lot of fun to wonder at the different ways those threads might have been woven together.

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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Jun 08 2018

Here are 31 alternate outcomes to some of the big moments in sports - done with facts, research, logic and - in a few cases - humor. It's a little uneven, depending on the subject and writer, but those who like sports history will find this frequently rewarding.

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