Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Advance Praise: The Galloping Ghost

I have received some nice advanced praise for The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange, an American Football Legend (Houghton Mifflin). William Nack, John Eisenberg, and Sam Freedman are all writers I admire a great deal, and Pat Haden's broadcasting skills are exceptional...Here is what they have to say about the book.

Advanced Praise for The Galloping Ghost:

"Red Grange was the most important figure in the history of American football, both college and pro, and Gary Andrew Poole's extremely well-researched biography of the man, The Galloping Ghost, sheds all new light on Grange's career from his days as a young phenom to his barn-storming around the country as an American hero to his ultimate decline and fall. It is a fascinating read." --William Nack, author of Secretariat and Ruffian

"With superb reporting and deft writing, Gary Andrew Poole pulls off his version of a spectacular Grange touchdown run, invigorating a legendary sports story with energy and new detail. Grange's inner life is explored as broken-field runs come alive and a controversial saga plays out." --John Eisenberg, author of The Great Match Race

"Few athletes before or since have seized the imagination of sports fans in the way Red Grange did. Poole's account captures this story and this era in a unique and fascinating way."—Pat Haden, NBC football analyst and former college and NFL quarterback

"In writing the authoritative biography of Red Grange, Gary Poole has done so much more. He has vividly brought us back to the glory days of college football's past and the raucous birth pangs of the pro game. And he has brilliantly shown us how America's first national football hero was also, thanks to his charismatic and conniving manager, America's first sports commodity, as well."--Samuel G. Freedman, professor, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and author of The Inheritance


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