The Man in the Crowd: Confessions of a Sports Addict [*SIGNED*]
by Cohen, Stanley
New York: Random House. Fine in Very Good+ dj. (c.1981). First Edition. Hardcover. 0-394-50875-0 . [book itself is tight and clean, with no discernible wear; jacket also quite nice, with just a couple of tiny external nicks (one at top of spine, the other at top right corner of front panel), and several vertical creases in the rear flap]. INSCRIBED in 2004 "to _______ & _____ -- / All the best, / Love" and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. An acknowledged classic of sports literature, this "wonderfully evocative memoir of [the author's] lifelong fascination with the world of sports [is] much more than that. It is also a nostalgic remembrance of decades past, and the way life was lived in simpler times." A later (revised) edition of the book placed the emphasis on New York baseball, which is fair enough, but the book also discusses various football games, the second Joe Louis-Billy Conn fight in 1951, the college basketball scandals of the same year (about which Cohen wrote another classic book, "The Game They Played"), and Muhammad Ali's loss to Joe Frazier in 1971. Cohen is also very astute in his observations about the relationships between politics and the sporting world during the Vietnam War. Signed by Author . (Inventory #: 22593)
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