Jewish Jocks (Hardcover)
An Unorthodox Hall of Fame
Twelve, 9781455516131, 304pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
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Contributors include some of today's most celebrated writers covering a vast assortment of topics, including David Remnick on the biggest mouth in sports, Howard Cosell; Jonathan Safran Foer on the prodigious and pugnacious Bobby Fischer; Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson writing elegantly on Marty Reisman, America's greatest ping-pong player and the sport's ultimate showman. Deborah Lipstadt examines the continuing legacy of the Munich Massacre, the fortieth anniversary of which coincided with the 2012 London Olympics. Jane Leavy reveals why Sandy Koufax agreed to attend her daughter's bat mitzvah. And we learn how Don Lerman single-handedly thrust competitive eating into the public eye with three pounds of butter and 120 jalapeño peppers. These essays are supplemented by a cover design and illustrations throughout by Mark Ulriksen.
From settlement houses to stadiums and everywhere in between, JEWISH JOCKS features men and women who do not always fit the standard athletic mold. Rather, they utilized talents long prized by a people of the book (and a people of commerce) to game these games to their advantage, in turn forcing the rest of the world to either copy their methods-or be left in their dust.
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Praise For Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame…
Editor's Choice: "Fifty well-written brief portraits."—The New York Times Book Review
"Jewish Jocks' ends up convincing you of its theme: The history of Jews in sports is, in important ways, the history of sports."—Will Leitch, Wall Street Journal
"A must for the bookshelf of any Jewish sports fan."— Kirkus Reviews
"Belies the cheap punch line [to] prove that the Jewish sporting tradition is as rich as it is varied. Jewish Jocks features notable writers in peak form."—Sports Illustrated
"A skillful collection... through its sheer comprehensiveness, JEWISH JOCKS also makes the argument that the Jewish athlete isn't an anomaly."—Los Angeles Times