just finished the book. i want to echo everything that was said in the other reviews. this is a great and important book that looks beneath the phony glamorous facade of sports. i highly reccomend it to everyone interested in american culture. the book was overwhelmingly compelling to the point that i ripped through it eager to learn as much as possible. the style of writing and content were completely engrossing and full of important analysis and revelations. highly reccomended to anyone sick of the destructive aspects of our sports-road to riches culture who senses that there is so much more really going on in the world of sports. i hope he writes more books soon.