All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters

Namath, Joe & . Little, Brown. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780316421102. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316421096. SPORTS
Few athletes embody a major cultural revolution as much as Namath. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, "Broadway Joe" brought style and swagger to the National Football League, assuring his legacy by brashly declaring that his upstart New York Jets would triumph over the old-school Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. When they did, New York (and by extension, the sports world) was his. Now 75, Namath has weathered injuries, addictions, and a battered public image. With the championship game that changed his life as a backdrop, he recounts his struggles and victories in the framework of a prolonged conversation. Namath is a charismatic storyteller with a warm, familiar voice and hard-won perspective on his role ushering in the era of entertainment and individuality in sports. This introspective, candid autobiography is a guaranteed winner for football and sports fans, and readers interested in the cultural history of the late 20th century.
VERDICT From the football field to Hollywood and beyond, Namath claims his trademark flair and singular place in history with an autobiography that will be popular with several generations of readers.

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