Oliver Bateman's Reviews > The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: The Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the Fight for America's Soul

The Ones Who Hit the Hardest by Chad Millman
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really liked it

i'm from pittsburgh, so this book is ubiquitous. dozens of copies are stocked at every bookstore in the city. until i picked up a cheap copy at a library book sale, i was dubious: the premise, though cool, seemed slight.

and, after spending about 4 hours reading it, i'm forced to conclude my first impression was accurate. chapters are about a page long and alternate between dallas and pittsburgh, steelers and cowboys, steel industry and dallas business development. but as breezy and enjoyable a read as it is (and there are some new interviews, at least with a few ex-steelers, to enliven the pretty blah recaps of old games, which as i've said repeatedly in these reviews i detest no matter who writes them), it never makes critical connections among the many topics it purports to cover.

but you know what? it teaches you a bit about the steel industry in pittsburgh, and steelers fans will love it. buy it for them for christmas instead of the usual gift selected more or less at random; they'll probably thank you for it.

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Reading Progress

December 18, 2015 – Started Reading
December 18, 2015 – Shelved
December 18, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
December 31, 2015 – Finished Reading

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