Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports
A deeply misunderstood sports legend, once the most hated and loved man in America, gets his due in this absorbing, revelatory biography.
Howard Cosell was one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in American sports history. His colorful bombast, fearless reporting, and courageous stance on civil rights soon captured the attention of listeners everywhere. No...more
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I grew up in the 70s and 80s as a fanatical sports fan so Howard Cosell was a part of my life. Whether it was Monday Night Football, boxing or The Wide World of Sports,Cosell was ubiquitous on ABC and frankly if he wasn't involved it wasn't a major sporting event. Without question though there was no sports broadcasting figure more obnoxious, more arrogant, more in your face or more controversial than Cosell -- you either loved him or hated h ...more
The first few chapters weren't bad, in fact background is necessary in any biography, they just weren't as short and concise as they could have been for me. As far as the rest of the book, it progressed ...more
If you want to reminisce about that period of time, Ali, Wide World of Sports, Olympics boxing... you'll enjoy this detailed read of the period... and how ABC Sports really transformed the w ...more
Cosell was going to lead sports journalism to the Television Age, an ...more
In my opinion, the only new ground that can be covered when studying Cosell is to look into how he viewed the games he was cover ...more
There were a couple of glaring errors in ...more
Given my age I realize I only personally saw the late career Cosell who was a caricature of himself. I give Cosell credit, who is bored being a middle aged lawyer, for somehow working into a show biz star. One also has to be critical of his many personal flaws. The author wrote an excellent book but the three star reflects more how I wanted the book to end because I the ugliness of Cosell's last years.