ESPN PROMOTION AND “CAR WASH”: The book brings Wright Thompson’s best articles from his 12 years at ESPN together into one greatest-hits volume, and ESPN has promised to put Thompson through the “car wash” by having him appear on several ESPN shows for two days.
FIFTEEN PIECES, ALL-ACCESS TOUR OF THE SPORTS WORLD: In-depth profiles of stars from Michael Jordan to Tiger Woods to Urban Meyer, and articles on sports from basketball to football to golf.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Blurbs from John Grisham, Richard Ford, and possibly Barack Obama.
""Thompson has written some of the most important pieces of contemporary sports journalism . . . demonstrating unparalleled insight into the lives of the most compelling figures in sport. . . . This volume elevates reporting and writing that was already operating above the rim.” —The New York Times
"Knockout sportswriting from Wright Thompson . . . Mr. Thompson is an investigator of men’s souls, though his writing is as much about the search for clues as it is about what he finds. . . . None of these pieces are strictly sports stories, but all exemplify the high purpose to which so much sports writing aspires today." —Wall Street Journal
"Wright is a supremely gifted writer who cuts through the mythology with a scalpel.” —The National Book Review
“[Thompson] demonstrates his storytelling talents by probing the personalities of some of the biggest names in sports, both past and present, including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Ted Williams, and Bear Bryant.” —Christian Science Monitor
“Mississippi native Wright Thompson is not only the best active sportswriter in America but also one of the best writers, period. This collection compiles his greatest pieces.” —Men’s Journal
“Thompson demonstrates his talent, deftly portraying a diverse cast of athletes and coaches. . . . [He] also brilliantly reprises the riots and other events surrounding James Meredith’s enrollment at Ole Miss in 1962 and the school’s outstanding football team during that tumultuous year.” —Booklist
“Thompson’s abundant strengths as a long-form journalist are evident on nearly every page…. Richly researched and textured writing that reveals the humanity of the author’s subjects.” —Kirkus Reviews
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