What A Time it Was
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What A Time it Was by W. C. Heinz
Book DescriptionA luminous, wide-ranging collection of sports writing by a writer who "dazzled his peers" (David Halberstam) and set the stage for the New Journalism of Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Jimmy Breslin. Many think that W. C. Heinz stands right alongside the legendary New York Times columnist Red Smith as the greatest sports writer of the 1940s and '50s. Paving the way for the New Journalism of Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Jimmy Breslin, Heinz was the first sports writer to make his living exclusively by writing for magazines. Whether describing mobbed-up boxers, crippled jockeys, lame horses, aspiring ballplayers, or driven football coaches, Heinz's finely etched, indelible portraits recall a sports era less influenced by money, image, and self-indulgence. He collaborated with Vince Lombardi on the book Run to Daylight, cowrote the novel M*A*S*H with Dr. H. Richard Hornberger under the pseudonym Richard Hooker, and wrote what Hemingway considered to be the "only good novel about a fighter I've ever read," The Professional. In this collection of Heinz's finest writing, we meet the immortal Red Grange; the injury-riddled, "purest baseball player" of his era, Pistol Pete Reiser; the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson; and the Brownsville Bum, Bummy Davis, in a story that Jimmy Breslin calls the "best magazine sports story of all time. " Here is a long-overdue homage to a vastly underappreciated writer.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306810435
(229mm x 153mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 22-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author W. C. Heinz
Top of His Game, Hardback (April 2015)
"A special publication of The Library of America."
When We Were One, Paperback (April 2003)
"Marvelous...like a restoration of some lost piece of art."-Mike Lupica, New York Daily News
Professional, Paperback (August 2001)» View all books by W. C. Heinz
At last available again: "The only good novel about a fighter I've ever read." -Ernest Hemingway
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Author Biography - W. C. Heinz
W. C. Heinz is the coauthor of Run to Daylight, the best-selling autobiography of Vince Lombardi, and MASH, the novel that later became a successful movie and TV series. Da Capo recently published an omnibus collection of his best sportswriting, What a Time It Was. W. C. Heinz lives in Vermont.
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