Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

by Mark Ribowsky

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“Brilliant . . . entertaining . . . a thought-provoking portrayal of the multi-faceted Howard Cosell in all his glory and enmity.”—Don Ohlmeyer, Wall Street Journal

Howard Cosell’s colorful bombast, fearless reporting, and courageous stance on civil rights made him one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in American sports history. “Telling it like it is,” he covered nearly every major sports story for three decades, from the travails of Muhammad Ali to the tragedy at the Munich Olympics. Now, two decades after his death, this deeply misunderstood sports legend has finally gotten the “definitive” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and revelatory biography he so much deserves. With more than forty interviews, Mark Ribowsky has brilliantly presented Cosell’s endless complexities in the “first thoroughly researched and effectively framed biography of Cosell and his times” (Huffington Post).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393083040
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 520
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Mark Ribowsky is a New York Times acclaimed, best-selling author of fifteen books, including biographies of Tom Landry, Al Davis, Hank Williams, and most recently, In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, and the Manning Dynasty. He lives in Florida.lorida.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Gifted One 3

Part 1 Black and White (1918-1964)

1 "Insecurities in You That Live Forever" 23

2 An Obvious Maverick 45

3 Being There 66

4 Momentary Moments of Chagrin 87

5 "Let Go of the Mike, Cassius" 109

6 "Bedlam, Chaos, Confusion" 130

Part 2 Living Color (1964-1976)

7 An Electronic First 153

8 A Moral Imperative 178

9 A Stygian Burden 197

10 "That Son of a Bitch Is Drunk!" 222

11 Listing Toward Babylon 240

12 Munich 256

13 A Big Property 281

14 "Down Goes Fray-Zhuh! Down Goes Fray-Zhuh! Down Goes Fray-Zhuh!" 301

15 "Things Began to Turn Sour" 322

Part 3 Turn Out the Lights (1976-1995)

16 An Unholy Mess 351

17 "A Sad Way to End" 373

18 Ebb Tide 396

19 Requiem for a Heavyweight 416

Acknowledgments 437

Notes 439

Selected Bibliography 463

Index 467

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