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Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth

Riverhead. Jun. 2017. 352p. illus. ISBN 9780735210561. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780735210578. SPORTS
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Ultimate frisbee requires great endurance and athleticism. It is a mix of several sports, including hockey and football, in which teams use a Frisbee as a ball and score points through passing and catching a disc. Environmental writer and best-selling author Gessner's (All the Wild That Remains) book is not a history of ultimate frisbee, but rather an examination of his own life as he became obsessed with the sport. Introduced to the burgeoning game at Harvard University, the author immediately fell in love with playing. He participated on different teams over the next 15 years, including several that reached the National Finals. Here, he relates his years on the field; memories of friends, girlfriends, and teammates; and some of the more memorable matches. This once niche sport is now televised and popular across the world, even being considered as an Olympic event.
VERDICT Though well written and entertaining, this book is best suited for ultimate frisbee fans and Gessner's previous works.

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