The hustler had led half of those men to believe he would miss that spare on purpose. These recollections are historically true; but they offer little comfort to the Clinton campaign. These are powerful, awe-inspiring stories about incredible feats of human endurance and the human spirit. To view it, Friedman brings together essays written over the last 20 years into a fascinating anthology. Although he never had the privilege of meeting me, Michael Jordan and I were classmates! Instead, the basketball players looked spent, emotionless and drained.
For the first time, I thought, perhaps the old motto of Wide World of Sports had left something out. He needs to acknowledge that no one in the press remotely accepts his claim that it didn't seem relevant to note that he'd received his induction notice. In the era of Phil and Oprah, most voters are used to such give and take. He was reading it one day, when he nearly fell out of his chair. Here are there painful journeys to grace and their eventual realization that no victory or athletic achievement can bring lasting happiness. In 1976, Jimmy Carter emerged out of nowhere with exactly the kind of personal characteristics a Watergate-weary nation was looking for: decency, honesty, small-town values of work and family. His subjects include champion athletes from sports both major and minor: basketball, golf, boxing, running, cycling, bowling, and hiking.
Either voters will look past that, and decide Kennedy's long Senate record merits their support, or they do not. My sto I'm a New York City-based journalist and the author of five nonfiction books: , with Jayson Williams , , , and most recently,. The individual pieces concern sports as varied as bowling, cycling, basketball, boxing, and golf, but they are linked by a common theme: the pursuit of excellence as a path to self-destruction. The audio for this program is not available. Here are there painful journeys to grace and their eventual realization that no victory or athletic achievement can bring lasting happiness. Movingly detailed here are their painful journeys to grace and their eventual realization that no victory brings lasting happiness. A little arithmetic demonstrates that the all-but-certain nominee of the Democratic Party managed to get barely 10% of his own party's voters to come out for him.
This is the best example of sports writing, and one of the best examples of narrative writing, period, that I have ever read. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. . But Bill and Hillary Clinton cannot meet 90 million voters face-to-face. The dream had been realized. Some of the stories in The Agony of Victory are powerful, some of them are surprising, and a couple of them are heart-breaking. Instead, when one wicked woman, Jezebel, threatened him, Elijah became hopeless and despondent.
The Clinton campaign believes if it can shift attention from Clinton's character to Bush's public performance as President, Clinton will win. But never mind the title. It means a painful willingness to understand how unconvincing his evasions about his past life are. His story—and the book is full of stories just like his—perfectly illustrates the physical and psychological toll that the drive to win can take on a person. For example, take Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, a man so determined to excel that he built his own bike out of washing-machine parts and other scrap metal and pitted himself against the giants of the sport. Meet the swiftest and saddest cyclist of his time, a man whose craving for speed was outstripped by a terrible urge toward self-annihilation. He won, too, and kept winning until cycling's regulating body changed its rules to prevent him from competing; so he changed his technique, and they changed the rules again.
True, winning hasn't been enough as far as he is concerned, but probably nothing short of powerful anti-psychotics and constant therapy would have been enough. Ah, yes, presidential politics: the thrill of victory, the agony of--victory? Without doubt, Clinton is smart enough, resourceful enough, tenacious enough to deal with this burden. The black and white photo must have been snapped moments after the team exited the floor. Starts out great with some really inspiring and interesting stories. And what are the struggles that victory almost inevitably brings? And some of them are funny.
His cousin, Carolyn Erdman, is fe This is the best example of sports writing, and one of the best examples of narrative writing, period, that I have ever read. What the gentlemen packing heat had in common was that they'd all bet on what they believed was inside information coming from the source itself. Gets a little weak towards the end, with the finale being a story about the author and his father. Most of these athletes are endurance athletes runners, hikers, cyclists so these people are already a pretty rare, obsessive breed of person. To judge by the press coverage, Clinton's triumphs were greeted by the as if he had shown up on the podium with a case of dynamite strapped to his chest. If they do not trust you as an individual, they will not choose you as President.
These are powerful, awe-inspiring stories about incredible feats of human endurance and the human spirit. Because the doubts about Clinton are fundamentally different from the questions raised by the earlier candidacies--and far more difficult to solve. Try to understand the most accomplished high-school runner in American history, whose long-distance records still astound and who, a few years later, abruptly abandoned his wife and three small children. He was reading it one day, when he nearly fell out of his chair. There is no such animal.
But when voters choose a President--as opposed to a prime minister in Europe--they are choosing someone who embodies the secular religion that is American politics. Some of the stories Steve Friedman tells do concern successful athletes who found little or no lasting satisfaction in their accomplishments, but some of these people are certifiably crazy. No one is more forgiving than the American voter who hears a clear statement of regret; no one less forgiving than the American voter who thinks someone is trying to fool him. He had been used by God for one of the grandest miracles in the Old Testament era. For that matter, needs to understand how primed the Bush campaign is to run against her: as a symbol not of a committed, brilliant activist, but of an ambitious, aggressive feminist hungry for power, willing to tolerate an unfaithful husband in the interest of gaining the White House, contemptuous of women who have chosen home and family and so combative that she is willing to spread unfounded rumors about the President's private life.