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The Resource The cost of these dreams : sports stories and other serious business, Wright Thompson

The cost of these dreams : sports stories and other serious business, Wright Thompson

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The cost of these dreams : sports stories and other serious business
Title
The cost of these dreams
Title remainder
sports stories and other serious business
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Wright Thompson
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Language
eng
Summary
"Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Urban Meyer, Wright Thompson strips the away the self-serving myths and fantasies to reveal his characters in full. There are fascinating common denominators: it may not be the case that every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father, but it can sure seem that way. And there is much marvelous local knowledge: about specific sports, and times and places, and people. Ludicrously entertaining and often powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art, and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts"--
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Review
A senior writer for ESPN The Magazine debuts with a collection of his explorations of sports-world notables who reached—or are reaching—the ends of their careers. Thompson's abundant strengths as a long-form journalist are evident on nearly every page. He is a relentless researcher and sensitive interviewer, a writer who tries to understand the factors that made his subjects who they are—or were. In an essay about Muhammad Ali, for example, Thompson engages in a seemingly endless pursuit of one of Ali's very first opponents, a man who vanished from the grid. The author pursues the end-of-career stories of Michael Jordan and, later, Tiger Woods and helps us see the connections between the two, who are friends. He also chronicles the lives of people far less celebrated—e.g., Tony Harris, a college basketball star whose paranoia sent him into the jungles of Brazil, where he was found dead. Wright is particularly incisive in his essays on coaches, including Bear Bryant (Alabama football), Pat Riley (NBA) and Urban Meyer (who just completed his final football season at Ohio State)—all three of whom have had to deal with the end of their glory years. There are some longer, more complicated pieces here, too—the story of the New Orleans Saints, the Super Bowl, and Hurricane Katrina—and of football at the University of Mississippi when James Meredith broke the color line in 1962. Thompson also deals with the rugged family dynamics of Ted Williams and, in a brief piece, the angst and celebration in Chicago when the Cubs finally won the World Series in 2016. He ends with an emotional piece about his own late father. Though he's sometimes a little quick on the draw with his identifications of motives and causes, his gritty determination makes it easy to forgive. Richly researched and textured writing that reveals the humanity of the author's subjects. (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2019)
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10772037
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Thompson, Wright
Dewey number
  • 796.0922
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Athletes
  • Coaches (Athletics)
  • Sports
  • SPORTS & RECREATION / Essays
  • SPORTS & RECREATION / Football
  • Athletes
  • Coaches (Athletics)
  • Sports
  • United States
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sports stories and other serious business
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The cost of these dreams : sports stories and other serious business, Wright Thompson
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rdacarrier
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1044554534
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvii, 378 pages
Isbn
9780143133872
Lccn
2018037816
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1044554534
Label
The cost of these dreams : sports stories and other serious business, Wright Thompson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1044554534
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvii, 378 pages
Isbn
9780143133872
Lccn
2018037816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1044554534

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