Jewish Jocks

Jewish Jocks

An Unorthodox Hall of Fame

Book - 2012
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Featuring work by today's preeminent writers, these essays explore significant Jewish athletes, coaches, broadcasters, trainers, and even team owners (in the finite universe of Jewish Jocks, they count!). Contributors include some of today's most celebrated writers covering a vast assortment of topics, including David Remnick on the biggest mouth in sports, Howard Cosell; Jonathan Safran Foer on the prodigious and pugnacious Bobby Fischer; Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson writing elegantly on Marty Reisman, America's greatest ping-pong player and the sport's ultimate showman. Deborah Lipstadt examines the continuing legacy of the Munich Massacre, the fortieth anniversary of which coincided with the 2012 London Olympics. Jane Leavy reveals why Sandy Koufax agreed to attend her daughter's bat mitzvah. And we learn how Don Lerman single-handedly thrust competitive eating into the public eye with three pounds of butter and 120 jalapeño peppers. These essays are supplemented by a cover design and illustrations throughout by Mark Ulriksen. From settlement houses to stadiums and everywhere in between, JEWISH JOCKS features men and women who do not always fit the standard athletic mold. Rather, they utilized talents long prized by a people of the book (and a people of commerce) to game these games to their advantage, in turn forcing the rest of the world to either copy their methods-or be left in their dust.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xiv, 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781455516131
Branch Call Number: 796.089924 Jew
Additional Contributors: Foer, Franklin.
Tracy, Marc.


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Dec 29, 2012

I was very disappointed in this book. I was expecting a lot from it but when I started reading it, it sounded like it was written by jocks, not professional writers. Several of could not believe that Bobbie Fisher (technically a Jew by birth but a virulent anti-Semite and lover of Hitler) was included in the book.

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