The cost of these dreams Sports stories and other serious business

Wright Thompson

Book - 2019

"Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Urban Meyer, Wright Thompson 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 every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father, but it can sure seem that way. And there is much marvelous local knowledge: about specific sports, and times and places, and people. Ludicrously entertaining and oft...en powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art, and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts"--

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Subjects
Genres
Biographies
Published
[New York, NY] : Penguin Books [2019]
Language
English
Item Description
Place of publication from publisher website.
Physical Description
xvii, 378 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780143133872
014313387X
9780525505662
0525505660
Main Author
Wright Thompson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Among the new generation of sportswriters, Thompson is one of the standouts. In the 14 pieces assembled here, Thompson demonstrates his talent, deftly portraying a diverse cast of athletes and coaches. Among his subjects are the reluctantly aging and far-from-perfect Michael Jordan ("Michael Jordan Has Not Left the Building"); former basketball star Tony Harris ("The Last Days of Tony Harris"); the obsessive football coach Urban Meyer; and the equally driven wrestling coach Dan Gable. Thompson also brilliantly reprises the riots and other events surrounding James Meredith's enrollment at Ole Miss in 1962 and the school's outstanding football team during that tumultuous year ("Ghosts of Mississippi"). He similarly gets the stories behind the story—some inspirational, some heartbreaking—in his long article about Hurricane Katrina ("Beyond the Breach"). Several of these pieces involve death or decline; a particularly poignant one is about legendary football coach Bear Bryant and his African American driver. In addition, there is much about fathers, including Thompson's, and their children. Thompson acknowledges his editor at ESPN: The Magazine, Jay Lovinger, who, like Thompson himself, cares and writes about a world larger than athletics, and does so memorably. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Urban Meyer, Wright Thompson 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 every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father, but it can sure seem that way. And there is much marvelous local knowledge: about specific sports, and times and places, and people. Ludicrously entertaining and often powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art, and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An award-winning sports journalist and senior writer for ESPN The Magazine provides a collection of true stories along with is trademark insights and humor about the players who chased their dream of greatness and what it cost. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Presents sports stories that celebrate some of the world's greatest athletes, revealing the true characters behind the legends, what fueled their ambitions, and the human cost of such greatness.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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 GrishamThere 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 every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father, but it can sure seem that way. And there is much marvelous local knowledge: about specific sports, and times and places, and people. Ludicrously entertaining and often powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art, and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts.