The author dishes plenty...but the repeated demonstrations of flawed character do nothing to diminish Williams’ outsized stature as a player. Bradlee is as enthusiastic as Vin Scully...
Sloman has cowritten numerous books with celebrities, including Peter Criss and Howard Stern, but Undisputed Truth adds up to little more than Iron Mike ranting into a tape recorder. It's a missed opportunity.
His writing is elegant and urbane, full of paradoxes, aphorisms and conceits...Tongue in cheek? Perhaps. Yet, for all his playfulness, Mr Tesson is in earnest.
Here now is a book by Nate Jackson called “Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival From the Bottom of the Pile,” and it’s everything you want football memoirs to be but never are: hilarious, dirty, warm, human, honest, weird.
There are also just too many setting changes. We have Texas, Minnesota, California, Washington D.C., and Florida and none of them place the hero and heroine in the same state. Despite these quibbles, the book works.
That is what makes “The Sports Gene” such a worthy read: While the book’s purpose is to push back against the widespread denial that genes matter, Mr. Epstein avoids taking too strident a stance in the opposite direction.
Matthew Berry, ESPN's senior fantasy sports analyst, would seem well-positioned to deliver on the promise of his subtitle...Yet "Fantasy Life" contains no insight into what might, say, cause someone to spend every Labor Day holiday—to his wife's consternation—in a dive bar in Keene, N.H., drafting a fantasy football team.
The Great Tamasha is a timely book, given that it coincidentally comes amid another a betting scandal, which points an accusing finger at players as well as administrators.
As in Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit...even though we know the outcome, the results are thrilling. These Boys make a great story, engagingly told.
McEnroe and Andre Agassi pioneered the emotionally intelligent tennis memoir, but this is not it.
...Mr Balzer concludes that, since the 1980s, fewer and fewer people have been cooking their evening meal...Mr Pollan is keen for this trend to be reversed and his book is a hymn to why people should be enticed back into the kitchen.
Singer’s rendering of the labored speech of an aging Joe in the later portion of the book may seem heavy-handed in some respects...
By the end, Alzheimer’s is taking its grinding toll, but Summitt can still say of her own best seller, “What better way to kick a memory-wasting disease in the teeth?”
Myers's obsessive attention to detail and sharp opinions, will appeal to multiple generations of pro football fans.
As the pen rises from the page between words, so the walker's feet rise and fall between paces...
Secrecy, he writes, "is just a part of me." This is not what one wants to learn on Page 593 of an autobiography.
...a remarkably uncompromising book, one that deserves a place on a short shelf with other minor-classic baseball memoirs
A mordant humour sometimes frames the shooting up and downbeat cheating.
The most interesting thing about "Paterno" may be that, even leaving the scandal aside, the coach comes across as a self-mythologizing monster, consumed by his legacy of winning on the football field.
It's a brilliantly paced thriller that keeps its villains at a tantalizing distance, a compelling family portrait, a study in morality that goes beyond the usual black-and-white judgments...A flawless performance.