November 26, 2013

Nicholas Dawidoff spoke about his book, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, with Matthew Klam, author of Sam the Cat and Other Stories, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

We watch football every Sunday, but we don't really see it. By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff explored the game in such an intimate way that he can now put you right inside the NFL. Collision Low Crossers is a story that is part Paper Lion and part Moneyball, part Friday Night Lights and part The Office. In this absorbing, funny, and vividly written narrative, he describes the Combine, the draft, the practices, the strategy meetings, all while thinking deeply about such fundamental truths and the nature of success and disappointment in a massive and stressful collective endeavor.

Most of what happens in today's NFL takes place at team facilities, walled off from fans and, until now, from writers. The New York Jets issued Dawidoff a security code, a locker, and a desk in the scouting department: for an entire year he lived with the team, from early-morning quarterback meetings to edgy late-night conversations. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and non-fans alike.

Here is football in many faces: the Jets' polarizing, brilliant, and hilarious head coach, Rex Ryan; the general manager, whose job is to support (and suppress) the irrepressible Ryan; the defensive coaches and their in-house rivals, the offensive coaches; players like the incomparable All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis and the young, erratic quarterback Mark Sanchez. Wise safeties, brooding linebackers, high-strung cornerbacks, enthusiastic rookies, and even a well-read nose tackle create a full portrait of obsessed men at work.

Dawidoff has written the book of depth and feeling that football has long deserved, one that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.

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ISBN: 9780316196789
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 9th, 2014

RG3: THE PROMISE by Dave Sheinin

August 23, 2013

Dave Sheinin spoke about his book, RG3: The Promise, at Politics & Prose on Friday, August 23, 2013.

Sheinin, Washington Post features and sports writer, has followed Robert Griffin III since the athlete’s college days. His book recounts the quarterback’s transition from collegiate to professional sports and focuses on this local hero’s role in leading the Redskins to a successful season.

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ISBN: 9780142181133
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Published: Plume Books - August 26th, 2014

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown

June 6, 2013

Daniel James Brown spoke about his book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

To sports legends like Jessie Owens and John Beresford, add the University of Washington eight-oar crew that rowed to victory in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Brown’s third book draws on the young athletes’ diaries and letters, giving a vivid sense of their camaraderie, dedication, and the long odds they faced in going for the gold.

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ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014