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The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan
Introduced and Selected by Alex Belth
For decades, Pat Jordan has been one of the best sports writers in America. This engrossing book compiles twenty-six features from throughout his career, among them his most famous magazine pieces and a small selection of previously unpublished gems. Included is an exciting selection of Jordan's profiles of sports legends such as Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Seaver, Greg Louganis, Venus and Serena Williams—each one frank, insightful, and salty—as well as an extraordinary sampling of the pieces with which Jordan made his name: those about athletes who are obscure, unsuccessful, or have fallen from grace. Whether writing about the marginal, the famous, or the infamous, Jordan displays a hard-boiled, highly literate prose and a capacity to convey how the idiosyncratic mindsets of athletes lead to success or failure.
A Q&A with Jordan gives intriguing behind-the-scenes scoops on select stories. Fun, revealing, and very readable, this book represents the best work from a standout in his field.
Praise for the Book:
"The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan is that rare anthology with no weak entries . . . Is Jordan mean-spirited? Sometimes he probably is, but much more often he is simply honest and open-minded. He's appreciative of authenticity and unimpressed by celebrity or notoriety. He's a good listener determined to discover the story and present it with energy and wit. The proof of his success is that the pieces in this collection have held up over the years. Good stories well told are like that."—Bill Littlefield, Boston Globe
About the Author:
Pat Jordan is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and has published innumerable articles on sports and other subjects in The Atlantic, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. He is author of a number of nonfiction books, including the acclaimed memoir A False Spring. Jordan lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Hardcover / $27.95 (Can. $27.95) / ISBN 9788-089255-339-6 / 480 pages / Sports