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- Marshall's memoir provides wonderful adventures Back in 1991 I was standing with two friends outside the Cooper Inn watching a helicopter flying overhead. There was a surreal feeling to the situation because we knew a potentially big-time movie was being filmed here. I joked that perhaps it was filming a panoramic view of the village and we would appear in the opening of the movie (it wasn't and we didn't).
- Hope Solo's autobiography does not disappoint Women's soccer has an interesting history in this country. When Brandi Chastain clinched the World Cup title for the United States in 1999 with her game-winning shot in a penalty kick shootout against China it led to an upsurge of interest in the women's game.
- DVD is an enjoyable tribute to Johnny Carson Anyone who came of age in the 1960s, 70s or 80s will remember Johnny Carson. To say he was the king of late-night television would be, if anything, an understatement. For 30 years he wove a fabric into the American experience that will never be repeated.
- New Obama book is worth reading David Maraniss is one of the more talented non-fiction writers in this country. His biographies of Bill Clinton and Al Gore have been widely acclaimed. His biography of pro football's legendary coach Vince Lombardi, "When Pride Still Mattered," is one of the best sports books I have ever read. When Maraniss takes on a project, he puts his heart and soul into it and leaves no stone unturned.
- Book traces marathon's history
Book tells of NFL integration
Practically everybody knows that Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. It was a seismic moment in American history that started the integration of America’s national pastime.
Rather's book is a fun read
There have been a lot of great news reporters over the years. The good ones have some common attributes such as integrity, selflessness and admiration from their peers and audiences. Controversy is something that doesn’t seem to get attached to them. If they have an opinion it’s normally well respected.
DeFord's memoir is engrossing
Frank Deford is probably the most eloquent American sportswriter today. His prose has a richness and melodic tone that sets him apart from most of his colleagues.
Book Notes: New best-seller: all about accountability
When Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell address upon leaving the presidency in 1961 he warned the country of a developing “military-industrial complex.” It was a profound commentary from a lifelong military man and World War II hero. It was also a visionary statement since defense spending has exploded in this country to a point where we spend almost as much as the rest of the world combined.
Book Notes: Book exposes exploitation of ‘student-athletes’
This year the University of Kentucky, a school with a storied tradition, won the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Although the national title may have enhanced the status of UK’s athletic program it did little for its academic reputation. All five starting players, three freshmen and two sophomores, announced they were turning pro.
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