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Theand#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling author ofand#160;Sweetnessand#160;delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sportsand#8217; most-reveredand#151;and dominantand#151;dynasties.

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The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin and#147;Magicand#8221; Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed and#147;Showtimeand#8221; run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocityand#151;and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. The Lakersand#8217; roster overflowed with exciting all-star-caliber players, including center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and they were led by the incomparable Pat Riley, known for his slicked-back hair, his Armani suits, and his arrogant strut. Hollywoodand#8217;s biggest celebrities lined the court and gorgeous women flocked to the arena. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them.

Bestselling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakersand#8217; epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of Americaand#8217;s greatest sports sagas,and#160;Showtimeand#160;is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the playersand#8217; decadent Hollywood lifestyles.and#160; From the Showtime eraand#8217;s remarkable rise to its tragic endand#151;marked by Magic Johnsonand#8217;s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIVand#151;Showtimeand#160;is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

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The definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton.

In the twelve years since his death from cancer, Walter Payton’s legend has only grown in magnitude. The Hall of Fame running back, who broke Jim Brown’s all-time NFL rushing mark, appeared in nine Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl ring with the 1985 Chicago Bears, and is still revered throughout the sporting landscape. Payton has become the lasting image of what’s great about football. Yet in mindlessly canonizing the man simply known as “Sweetness,” we have missed the opportunity to understand—and appreciate—one of the most uniquely complex and enigmatic superstars in the history of American sports.

No longer. Based on meticulous research and interviews with nearly seven hundred family members, friends, teammates, and various associates, Sweetness delivers an unforgettable portrait of a man who lived his life just like he played the game: at full speed. From his childhood in segregated Mississippi, to Chicago, where Payton emerged from athlete to icon as he broke the NFL’s all-time rushing record and led the Bears to Super Bowl glory; to his darker moments battling depression and adjusting to life after football, Sweetness is an eloquently written, revelatory saga of a complex, guarded superstar who died far too young.

Synopsis:

The first definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton.

At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Peyton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed "Sweetness" during his college football days, he became the NFL's all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago.

Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of Payton. Sweetness at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend's rise to greatness. From Payton's childhood in segregated Mississippi, where he ended a racial war by becoming the star of his integrated high school's football team, to his college years and his twelve-year NFL career, Sweetness brims with stories of all-American heroism, and covers Payton's life off the field as well. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just forty- six years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.

About the Author

Author of the New York Times bestsellers The Bad Guys Won! and Boys Will Be Boys, Jeff Pearlman is a columnist and former senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He lives in New Rochelle, New York.

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BA, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by BA)
Jeff Pearlman is a top-notch sports biographer--one of the best out there today. "Sweetness" is, without a doubt, his best book.

Don't let the early reviews, rants and overreactions scare you away. This is a book about a man who played football, who loved football, but was just like any other person out there - complex, complicated, and a curious case study of the human mind.

At times, you'll love Payton. You'll hate him too. You'll feel happy for him, and be disgusted by him. That's a bit of the beauty of this book: it shows us the real Walter Payton, not the one we want to believe. Sometimes, those that inspire us are just like us, and not like Superman.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592406531
Subtitle:
Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
Author:
Pearlman, Jeff
Publisher:
Gotham
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Football General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Basketball
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20141007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page color insert
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.63 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,

The definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton.

In the twelve years since his death from cancer, Walter Payton’s legend has only grown in magnitude. The Hall of Fame running back, who broke Jim Brown’s all-time NFL rushing mark, appeared in nine Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl ring with the 1985 Chicago Bears, and is still revered throughout the sporting landscape. Payton has become the lasting image of what’s great about football. Yet in mindlessly canonizing the man simply known as “Sweetness,” we have missed the opportunity to understand—and appreciate—one of the most uniquely complex and enigmatic superstars in the history of American sports.

No longer. Based on meticulous research and interviews with nearly seven hundred family members, friends, teammates, and various associates, Sweetness delivers an unforgettable portrait of a man who lived his life just like he played the game: at full speed. From his childhood in segregated Mississippi, to Chicago, where Payton emerged from athlete to icon as he broke the NFL’s all-time rushing record and led the Bears to Super Bowl glory; to his darker moments battling depression and adjusting to life after football, Sweetness is an eloquently written, revelatory saga of a complex, guarded superstar who died far too young.

"Synopsis" by ,

The first definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton.

At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Peyton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed "Sweetness" during his college football days, he became the NFL's all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago.

Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of Payton. Sweetness at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend's rise to greatness. From Payton's childhood in segregated Mississippi, where he ended a racial war by becoming the star of his integrated high school's football team, to his college years and his twelve-year NFL career, Sweetness brims with stories of all-American heroism, and covers Payton's life off the field as well. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just forty- six years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.

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