John Feinstein's illuminating recollections from two decades of interviews with sports legends.
John Feinstein's career is a sports fan's dream-a lifetime of encounters with the great figures in sports, not just on the field, but in the locker room and behind the scenes with legends like Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and John McEnroe.
Since his days as a young Washington Post journalist, Feinstein has written twenty-eight books and countless magazine articles and newspaper columns, covering college basketball, golf, tennis, baseball, and very nearly every sport in between. He has told us of victory and defeat, of athletes and coaches we love--and love to hate. But some of his best stories have been left untold, until now.
One on One is an incredible portal into the sports we love-from the box scores and the pageantry of game night and into the hard work and intensity that turn players and coaches into legends.
Sports take a backseat to covering sports in this feisty, full-contact memoir. Sportswriter Feinstein (A Season on the Brink) recounts his exploits gathering material for his bestselling sports epics, from his celebrated sagas of college basketball seasons to insider tell-alls on pro tennis, golf, and the Army-Navy football rivalry. In his account of the sportswriter s game, everything comes down to access; there are innumerable scenes in which he chases down media-shy athletes and coaches, dodges interfering PR flacks, breaks through defensive lines of security guards to the locker room, and even faces down Czech KGB goons during the Cold War to interview the mother of a defected hockey player. Feinstein kept his scorecards and settles them with swipes at everyone from meddling editors and obstructionist league officials to legendary Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight great access, obnoxious behavior and the allegedly odious Tiger Woods ( Here s hoping, seriously, that at some point in his life he can find joy in something other than stepping on people s necks and filling his pockets ). The sports themselves usually get eclipsed by Feinstein s relentless access seeking, but his punchy, evocative prose and irreverent jabs at superstars make for lively play-by-play. Photos.
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John Feinstein may be the best writer in America. His stories are compelling, and his storytelling is simple, straightforward and superb. Bravo!
Wow. John Feinstein