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Red: A Biography of Red Smith

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In Red, the personality, career, and world of one of America's best writers and most honored sports journalists are brought warmly to life. From Red Smith’s first story for the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1927 to his last column for the New York Times five days before his death in 1982, his inimitable style graced the country’s sports pages for over half a century. Even in his e

Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 1st 1987 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published 1986)
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Jan 29, 2011 Al rated it really liked it
The life and career of one of America's great sportswriters....Berkow does a great job of describing not only Red Smith's career but also his personal life and the two families who were an integral part of his life.
Sep 28, 2013 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book does the one thing that biographies tend to fail to do: show the extent and to some degree of the genius that makes the subject an attractive study.

Usually a god biography will contain funny anecdotes and unknown facts about what happened to a person. But rare is the biography that gets into the subject's mind. Here, Berkow frequently seems to be able to channel what it was that made Smith so beloved.

On the other hand, even at its reasonable length, it seems too long. And Berkow seems
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Ira Berkow was a sports columnist and feature writer for THE NEW YORK TIMES for more than 25 years. He won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary. He is the author of numerous books, including THE CORPORAL WAS A PITCHER, ROCKIN' STEADY, and SUMMERS IN THE BRONX, the bestsellers MAXWELL STREET: SURVIVAL IN A BAZAAR and RED: A BIOGRAPHY OF RED SM ...more
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