Thursday, January 5, 2012
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue
Author Mark Ribowsky will speak and sign his book, Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports. A deeply misunderstood sports legend, once the most hated and lovedman in America, gets his due in this absorbing, revelatory biography.
Howard Cosell was one of the most recognizable and controversialfigures in American sports history. His colorful bombast, fearlessreporting, and courageous stance on civil rights soon captured theattention of listeners everywhere. No mere jock turned "pretty-boy"broadcaster, the Brooklyn-born Cosell began as a lawyer beforebecoming a radio commentator. "Telling it like it is," he coverednearly every major sports story for three decades, from the travailsof Muhammad Ali to the tragedy at Munich. Featuring a sprawling castof athletes such as Jackie Robinson, Sonny Liston, Don Meredith, andJoe Namath, Howard Cosell also re-creates the behind the-scenes storyof that American institution, Monday Night Football. With more than forty interviews, Mark Ribowsky presents Cosell's life as part of an American panorama, examining racism, anti-Semitism, and alcoholism,among other sensitive themes. Cosell's endless complexities arebrilliantly explored in this haunting work that reveals as much about the explosive commercialization of sports as it does about amuch-neglected media giant.