One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game

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Release Date: 
December 5, 2011
Publisher/Imprint: 
Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 
544
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“One on One has a payoff on every page. Any sports fan will have a hard time putting this book down. The stories, by virtue of John Feinstein’s long and hallowed career, make it nearly impossible not to enjoy this book.”

As a young journalist learning his craft at the Washington Post under the tutelage of Bob Woodward, John Feinstein set out to make a name for himself as one of the finest storytellers of his generation. When he went “behind the scenes” with Bobby Knight’s Indiana Hoosier basketball team during the 1985–86 season, little did he know that “season on the brink” would launch a career that 25 years later would allow him to produce his latest book, One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game.

One on One is a chronicle of some of the greatest athletes to ever grace the playing fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, and tennis courts during the last three decades. Mr. Feinstein brings readers behind the scenes of some of the greatest sporting events in the world recalling interviews and conversations with some of the most-prolific athletes in the world before, during, and after their greatest triumphs and defeats.

Mr. Feinstein gives readers an intimate look into how sportswriters do their jobs and readers learn to appreciate the art of relationship building. The book makes it clear that both athletes and writers work in tandem in order to best convey and preserve moments in sports history.

Mr. Feinstein retells stories and interviews with the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Bob Knight, Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith, John McEnroe, to name a few. He also gives readers a glimpse behind the pristine walls Wimbledon, the Olympics, Final Fours, as well as many other well-known sporting venues. He also gives readers a picture of the loneliness and insecurities of the participants in these sports.

One on One has a payoff on every page. Any sports fan will have a hard time putting this book down. The stories, by virtue of John Feinstein’s long and hallowed career, make it nearly impossible not to enjoy this book.