The Cost Of These Dreams: Sports Stories And Other Serious Business
ISBN: 014313387X
EAN13: 9780143133872
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 2, 2019
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 0.9055118" H x 8.346457" L x 5.472441" W
Weight: 0.6922515 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

The instant New York Times bestseller

From one of America's most beloved sportswriters and the bestselling author of Pappyland, a collection of true stories about the dream of greatness and its cost in the world of sports.

Wright Thompson's stories are so full of rich characters, bad actors, heroes, drama, suffering, courage, conflict, and vivid detail that I sometimes thinks he's working my side of the street - the world of fiction. - John Grisham

There is only one Wright Thompson. He is, as they say, famous if you know who he is: his work includes the most read articles in the history of ESPN (and it's not even close) and has been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing series ten times, and he counts John Grisham and Richard Ford among his ardent admirers (see back of book). But to say his pieces are about sports, while true as far as it goes, is like saying Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove is a book about a cattle drive. Wright Thompson figures people out. He jimmies the lock to the furnaces inside the people he profiles and does an analysis of the fuel that fires their ambition. Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Urban Meyer, he strips the away the self-serving myths and fantasies to reveal his characters in full. There are fascinating common denominators: it may not be the case that Read More chevron_right

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   Family & friends.
Strong collection of stories about the desires of life and how we go about satisfying those elusive and expensive desires. Sports and athletes may be the chosen vessel, but the personal messages are aimed at our inner relationships with our families and friends.
   Wright Thompson is one of the greats!
Wright Thompson is like today's Jim Murray-a sportswriter who covers way more than the game. He's up there with the greats like David Halberstam, Joan Didion, Malcolm Gladwell, Jim Murray and Rick Reilly. Especially loved the essays on MJ, Pat Riley and Tiger Woods. If possible, I give this book six stars.
   A Must Read!
The author brings you to the middle of the story with his craft of characters and setting and facts. It is a must read for any fan of sports or well written stories!
   Interesting book for sports lovers
I enjoyed this book especially the more famous sports stars after they had aged out of their sport and how difficult it was for them to do something else with their lives. They still felt like they could play their sport, but the aging bodies say no way. Some of the lesser known sports figures were not interesting, but still worth a read and some enigmatic. I thought the one on New Orleans was a little too long ''.
   Moving essays
This collection of essays is sometimes thought-provoking. The ghosts of Mississippi gave me a new perspective on the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. The last essay in this book is a wonderful homage to the writer's father.
   Brilliantly written.
Wright Thompson is a writer with a voice. This is by far one of the best books on sports, though it is really about the lives of athletes outside the lines. He can write about Ole Miss during the ugly time of de-segregation without being politically correct or tone deaf-I'm sure it would make a millineal squirm, but for those of us who lived through it in the South, he really got it right. Terrible, horrible and extremely human. I would buy a cookbook written by this guy.
   Fame Comes at a Cost
A well written book that explores the people behind the carefully sculpted image of them that we see in the media. The best essays are the shorter ones, where some detail may be lost, but the reader does not get lost in the author's astonishing grasp of details.