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Mad Ducks and Bears

Mad Ducks and Bears

Football Revisited

George Plimpton’s follow-up to Paper Lion, one of his personal favorites among his classic books–now repackaged and including a foreword from Steve Almond and never-before-seen content from the Plimpton archives.

In MAD DUCKS AND BEARS, George Plimpton’s engaging companion to Paper Lion, Plimpton focuses on two of the most entertaining and roguish linemen and former teammates–Alex Karras (“Mad Ducks”) and John Gordy (“Bears”), both of whom went on to achieve brilliant post-football success.

A more reflective, less madcap book than Plimpton’s other work, MAD DUCKS AND BEARS is no less truthful and searching. In this fond exploration of football’s values and follies, Plimpton rejoins his two teammates to discuss their careers in this brutal but captivating game. The result is an astute exploration into the fascinating lives and motivations of the players at home, in the locker room, and on the field.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Football

On Sale: April 26th 2016

Price: $12.99 / $16.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780316326476

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Praise

"Plimpton has done it again."—Sports Illustrated

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"[An] irreverent and roguish account of the lives of the two linemen.... Pure gold."—Chicago Tribune

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"A delight--more entertaining, if possible, than I remembered... the reader leaves George Plimpton's wide world of sports with deep reluctance.... His prose is as elegant and seemingly effortless as Ted Williams's swing or an Arnold Palmer iron shot.... His teammates recede--like the old baseball players vanishing into the cornfield in Field of Dreams, taking their magical world with them but living on in fond memory."—Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal

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"Sports memoirs, like humor collections, rarely outlive their authors, but Plimpton's books have aged gracefully and even matured. Today they have the additional (and unintended) appeal of vivid history, bearing witness to a mythical era."—Nathaniel Rich, New York Review of Books

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