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The Cost Of These Dreams: Sports Stories and Other Serious Business

Wright Thompson.
Item #: D01950
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 400 / 2019
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143133872
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If you think that professional athletes are living a charmed life, ESPN's Wright Thompson might make you reconsider with these 14 career-spanning essays on the price of fame and athletic excellence. Along with thought-provoking reflections on Michael Jordan's retirement and how the death of Tiger Woods's father prompted the golfing great's career downturn, Thompson also discusses soccer star Lionel Messi's strange relationship with his home town, the odd story of the basketball player who vanished in Brazil, and Ted Williams's daughter reflecting on her father's obsessive quest to be the best hitter. Writing of his home state, here too is Thompson's "Ghosts of Mississippi," a look back at the effects of racial integration on college football.


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