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Profiles the Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter whose career spanned decades and whose peers included such literary and sports legends as Damon Runyon, Babe Ruth, Ernest Hemingway, and Muhammad Ali
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Ira Berkow recently retired after twenty-six years as a sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his reporting, he has written numerous books, including Court Vision: Unexpected Views on the Lure of Basketball, available in a Bison Books edition, and most recently a memoir, Full Swing: Hits, Runs and Errors in a Writer's Life.Review:
"New York Times columnist Berkow has written a warm and revealing portrait of one of the finest American sportswriters of the 20th century. Smith knew every major sports personality from Babe Ruth to Muhammad Ali, and the book is full of entertaining and informative anecdotes (with many excerpts from Smith's own columns). Although this biography is basically a positive one, Berkow pinpoints Smith's failure to grasp the significance of Jackie Robinson breaking the color line in baseball and exposes his protection in print of friends he knew to be racists. Berkow also details Smith's rivalries (and petty jealousies) with his fellow New York scribes, especially Arthur Daley, the first sportswriter to win a Pulitzer Prize, which Smith was later awarded in 1976. Berkow recaps Smith's final years at the New York Times, his second marriage, his ongoing battles with Howard Cosell and Bowie Kuhn, and his death in 1982."—Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly 1986-04-25)
“Red is a terrific book, and a fine tribute to one of the best writers of our time.”—Peter Delacorte, San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Book Review (Peter Delecorte San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Book Review)
“Red Smith’s mind was an utterly original and fascinating machine, and that’s what this warm and lively book conveys beautifully.”—People Magazine (People Magazine)
"Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976. His career spanned 55 years, from the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1927 to the New York Herald Tribune in 1945 to the New York Times in 1971 until his death in 1982. The 18 hours a day he devoted to his column may have adversely affected his family life, but Smith reached his daily goal "to entertain . . . and capture the grace and drama and beauty and humor" in sports. Berkow quotes extensively from those columns as well as from letters and interviews with Smith's family and friends, creating an honest and intimate portrait of Smith's life and times. With this book, Berkow lovingly pays tribute to Smith, his colleague and mentor."—Jo DeLapo, Library Journal (Jo DeLapo Library Journal 1986-06-15)
“If you never read another biography, by all means read Ira Berkow’s Red, a brilliant look at the life of Red Smith.”—Larry King, USA Today (Larry King USA Today)
"A skillful biography of the legendary sports columnist and unrelenting competitor whose columns were his life, by a New York Times sports columnist."—New York Times Sunday Book Review's "Notable Books of the Year" (New York Times Sunday Book Review)
“There are many interesting anecdotes in this 294-page tome, but one that strikes to the heart of the author was Red’s apparent disdain for the Pulitzer Prize and the politics incumbent with winning one—that is, until Red himself was bestowed the honor in 1976. . . . Pick up Red and pick up a bit of American history, and be reminded once again that even in sports, great writing can be found.”—Marcus Maturo, SportsNetwork.com
(Sports Network.com Sports Network.com 2008-02-14)
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Book Description McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0070048525
Book Description Mcgraw-Hill Book Co (Mm), 1987. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0070048525