By Dr. Harvey Frommer
(HARVEY FROMMER IS AT WORK ON A
BOOK ON THE FIRST SUPER BOWL, 1967. ANYONE WITH CONTACTS, STORIES,
SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH).
This time of the
year all kinds of books focused on the gridiron game make
their appearance. Publishers trot them out, the good, the
bad and the highly noteworthy.
The three tomes
that are worth your cash and your reading time - in your
longtime reviewer's opinion - are given their due below.
"All American" by
Steve Eubanks (William Morrow, $27.99, 273 pages) is as its
sub-title proclaims about a couple of young men, the
Army-Navy game of 2001 and the war they fought in Iraq.
The work is a
masterpiece, telling as it does with great feeling, this
tale of Chad Jenkins,Army quarterback, Ranger and Brian
Stann,Navy linebacker, Marine. Author Eubanks has done a
service to all of us in writing this most noteworthy book.
"The Last Cowboy"
by Mark Ribowsky (Liveright, Norton,$29.95, 684 pages) is
the most in depth biography ever written about football
legend Tom Landry.
and voluminous interviews make this work something truly
special. We get to see the man behind the man, who was loved
by many and hated,too.
"Strength of a
Champion" by O.J. Brigance with Peter Schrager (NAL,Penguin,
$25.95, 257 pages) with a foreword by Ray Lewis is another
exceptional tome. Its focus is on O.J. Brigance, who in 2001
won the Super Bowl as captain and player with the Baltimore
Ravens. Six years later he was diagnosed with ALS and
informed that there was a chance he would not live more than
today, Brigance is the senior advisor of player development
for the Ravens and a force in the fight against ALS.
Inspirational, honest, exceptionally told, this is book for
your sports bookshelf.
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About the Author:
Harvey Frommer is in his 38th year of writing books.
A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and
"Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE
STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times,
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