The Accidental Life
An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers
Paperback ISBN: 1101970510
A celebration of the writing and editing life, as well as a look behind the scenes at some of the most influential magazines in America (and the writers who made them what they are). You might not know Terry McDonell, but you certainly know his work. Among the magazines he has top-edited: Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. In this revealing memoir, McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking (or drinks on the bar). His stories about the people and personalities he’s known are both heartbreaking and bitingly funny—playing “acid golf
An Accidental Sportswriter
Paperback ISBN: 0061769142
Celebrated sports journalist Robert Lipsytethe New York Times longtime lead sports columnistmines pure gold from his long and very eventful career to bring readers a memoir like no other. An enthralling book, as much about personal relationships and the culture of sports as the athletes and teams themselves, An Accidental Sportswriter interweaves stories from Lipsytes life and the events he covered to explore the connections between the games we play and the lives we lead. Robert Lipsyte has been therefrom the Mets first Spring Training to the fight that made Muhammad Ali an international icon to the current steroids scandals that rewired our view of sportsand in An Accidental Sportswriter he offers a fresh and refreshing view of the world of professional athletes as seen through the eyes of a journalist who always managed to remain independent of our jock-obsessed culture.
After Visiting Friends
A Son's Story
Paperback ISBN: 1451676611
"A decade in the writing, the haunting story of a son's quest to understand the mystery of his father's death--a universal memoir about the secrets families keep and the role they play in making us who we are.Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family's back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael's father, was found alone near his car on Chicago's North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at theChicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone, leaving behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family--and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. Finally, roughly his father's age when he died, and a seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. Died "after visiting friends," the obituaries said. But the details beyond that were inconsistent. What friends? Where? At the heart of his quest is Michael's all-too-silent, opaque mother, a woman of great courage and tenacity--and a steelydetermination not to look back. Prodding and cajoling his relatives, and working through a network of his father's buddies who abide by an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees beyond the long-held myths and ultimately reconciles the father he'd imagined with the one he comes to know--and in the journey discovers new truths about his mother. A stirring portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets, After Visiting Friends is the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a rare window into a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists"--
Frank Kearns & The "Impossible Assignment" for CBS News
Paperback ISBN: 1933202629
Frank Kearns was the go-to guy at CBS News for danger- ous stories in Africa and the Middle East in the 1950s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s. By his own account, he was nearly killed 114 times. He took stories that nobody else wanted to cover and was challenged to get them on the air when nobody cared about this part of the world. But his stories were warning shots for conflicts that play out in the headlines today. In 1957, Senator John Kennedy described America’s view of the Algerian war for independence as the Eisenhower Administration’s “head in the sand policy.
All at Sea
Paperback ISBN: 1101912332
On a hot, still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead’s life changed forever. Her four-year-old son was paddling peacefully at the water’s edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son’s life—then drowned before her eyes. When Decca and Tony first met, a decade earlier, she was a renowned journalist profiling leading politicians; he was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug dealing and violence. No one thought their romance would last, but it did—until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy. Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, All at Sea is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how two people changed each other, and of what a sudden death can do to those who survive.
All Governments Lie
The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone
Paperback ISBN: 1416556796
A portrait of the twentieth-century independent journalist offers insight into his outspoken, five-decade pursuit of truthful, anti-establishment journalism, in an account that includes coverage of his denouncements of Cold War policies, McCarthyism, and the Vietnam Gulf of Tonkin incident. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
All I Did Was Ask
Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists
Hardcover ISBN: 1401300103
The award-winning host of National Public Radio's Fresh Air presents a selection of some of her entertaining and revealing interviews with some of the most celebrated actors, musicians, writers, artists, and comics of the day, including Conan O'Brien, Mario Puzo, John Updike, Jodie Foster, Dustin Hoffman, and others. 100,000 first printing.
All I Did Was Ask
Conversations With Writers, Actors, Musicians, And Artists
Paperback ISBN: 0786888202
The award-winning host of National Public Radio's Fresh Air presents a selection of some of her entertaining and revealing interviews with some of the most celebrated actors, musicians, writers, artists, and comics of the day, including Conan O'Brien, Mario Puzo, John Updike, Jodie Foster, Dustin Hoffman, and others. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.