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Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame [Hardcover]


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And then there’s the Jewish joke about the shortest book in the world: “Jewish Sports Heroes.” But quite a different version of the old joke is told in “Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame”  edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy, a glorious collection of essays by some of America’s most accomplished Jewish writers on the subject of sports in the very broadest sense. Here you will find David Remnick on broadcaster Howard Cosell, Simon Schama on pugilist Daniel Mendoza, Jonathan Safran Foer on chess master Bobby Fischer, Jane Leavy on Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, Deborah Lipstadt on the massacre at the Munich Olympics and much else besides. “Jewish Jocks” is the kind of sports book that only a Jew could or would write — it’s the sporting world as seen by public intellectuals, and they are less concerned with stats than with the heart and mind. “Jewish Jocks is, of course, a Jewish joke, but not in the way you might have thought,” explain the editors, both staff members of The New Republic. “The joke, rather, is that our pantheon includes people who, in some cases, couldn’t even run the bases: the gangster who helped fix the World Series; the idealistic ping-pong player; the nerdy general manager. They get to be counted too: not only as Jews, which is perhaps the most obvious thing about them, but as Jocks, which perhaps isn’t.”

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Hardcover
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List Price $26.99
Author Edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy
ISBN 978-1-4555-1616-1
Dimensions 6.1" x 9.3"
Publisher C.I.S. Publishing
Language English

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