The Cost of These Dreams

Sports Stories and Other Serious Business
Wright Thompson
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The New York Times bestseller

'Full of rich characters, bad actors, heroes, drama, suffering, courage, conflict, and vivid detail' John Grisham

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From one of America's most beloved sportswriters, a collection of true stories about the dream of greatness and its cost in the world of sports.

There is only one Wright Thompson. His work includes the most read articles in the history of ESPN and has been anthologised in The Best American Sports Writing books ten times. But to say his pieces are about sports, while true as far as it goes, is like saying Larry McMurty's Lonesome Dove is a book about a cattle drive. Wright Thompson figures people out. Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Lionel Messi or Pat Riley, he strips away the self-serving myths and fantasies to fully reveal his characters, and what drives them, in a way that few others can.

Ludicrously entertaining and often powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts.


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'Wright Thompson performs that nifty bit of sportswriting hoodoo, virtually out of vogue today: he subordinates self to story. Stylishly, intelligently, incisively, deftly, he keeps his priorities straight. It's why I read him' Richard Ford

'Wright Thompson is not only the best active sportswriter in America but also one of the best writers, period. This collection compiles his greatest pieces' Men's Journal

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9781788701969 (04 Apr 2019)
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9781788701976 (08 Apr 2019)
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More about Wright Thompson

Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife, Sonia, and his daughter, Wallace. Prior to joining ESPN in 2006, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Kansas City and New Orleans. He is a Montana landowner, an Ole Miss Rebels football fan, and a devoted son of his birthplace, the Mississippi Delta, because of the gothic landscape and its hard, beautiful music. He loves wheated bourbons, his family's annual Thanksgiving, and ordering a two piece dark spicy from a certain holy fast food chicken chain. The recipient of numerous awards for journalism, Thompson is most proud of the Ernie Pyle Award and the Dan Jenkins Medal. He also knows that you know that he wrote this himself.