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Bill Gerstein

Money Ball should be read by school principals and central office types to understand how to better work with data and the lack of resources to improve education. I always recommend it to those people. I should add that I am a high school principal.

Mike McCready

Saw him on Colbert Report a few days ago. Will pick this up. Thx.

Andrew from Richmond, VA

If The Blind Side were 900 pages:

If The Blind Side were 900 pages long, Michael Lewis could have written a fascinating chapter on any or all of the following subjects that he only touches on in his terrific book:

Massive Resistance, bussing and their effect on public education in the deep south.

The failure of inner city public schools to provide its neediest students with even a basic education.

The corruption of the foster care system by cruel, exploitive profiteers.

The effect of evangelical Christian schools on southern politics.

The nexus between football and evangelical Christianity.

The curious coincidence of the rise of football as a new national past time and the emergence of a new conservative majority across the Sun Belt.

Class tension between middle and working class whites as played out (predominantly by black athletes) between public and land grant universities.

The near-complete corruption of the NCAA as it lowers its standards to accommodate the complete corruption of college athletics.

The unfortunate lack of a minor league football system that might offer a viable alternative to college football for poor inner city players who are utterly unprepared for college.

The gross inequity between rich college football programs and the continued poverty of the athletes whose play brings that revenue in.

The unwitting collusion of the NCAA in maintaining the status quo of indentured servitude in college athletics.

Hardly shotcomings, these are testament to the bredth of Lewis's reporting. He has, as usual, written much more than a sports book and it should be read by anyone who wants to understand the role of athletics in our society.


i'll take Dave Zirin anyday...


Stefan Dox

I just surfed around and found your site, I really enjoyed the visit and hope to come back soon.

Mike Harmon

If this is the golden age of sportswriting, let's be sure to add Steve Rushin (SI) to the list.

China Law Blog

If you have not already done so, you have to read October 1964, by David Halberstam. Its about the Yankees/Cardinals world series, but it is really about race relations in the United States. I have twice recommended this book to foreign lawyers curious about race relations in the United States and both times they came back to me and said it was the best book they had ever read about the United States, period.


Wallace's Federer piece was one of the most compelling, extravagant & enjoyable things I've read in a newspaper in a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

Donald W. Bales

I tried to click on www.i-a-t.org, but didn't get anything.
I "blinked" on your frizzly hair image. I related more positively to you with the more subdued hair.
I did not realize that you had black ancestry-not that it would matter as to the validity of your writing.
Excessive gambling or taking prescription drugs does not change the validity of what the person writes or says. Nor does the religion or ethnicity of the writer or speaker.
My son put me on to your books some time ago.
I saw you on with Brian Lamb this evening.


Saw an interview on c-span and you stated your looking foward to writing another book. May I suggest an idea for anew book. A book on a Fictional Theocray of a nation. A book on Horseracing (i was told once it started as an aristocratic sport on a British Colony). We'll if anything becomes of these thoughts through your talents; we have a church that is in need of repair...

Simon Hendrix

Again for the fifth time (on c-span) I am abash to admit I truly enjoy your delivery almost as much as your wit! It usually only takes a moment or so to realize why writers write.
Your antidotes on council and imput with the elders, I'll bet, converted a lot of "old conservative white guys"

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