Books by Lars Anderson

THE TRUTH ABOUT AARON by Jonathan Hernandez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Short chapters offer an inside, but hardly definitive, look at a very troubled man."
Was Aaron Hernandez a monster, a mystery, or a little of both? Read full book review >
THE MANNINGS by Lars Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A winner for fans of modern football."
A thorough but light-handed account of the making of a sports dynasty. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A deeply reported, sensitively rendered story that avoids cliché and persuades us that there might indeed be such a thing as 'football therapy.'"
A longtime journalist for Sports Illustrated looks back at the tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the football team that helped the town heal. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"A game effort to convey the elusive majesty of Grange's performances and qualify his impact on the development of the NFL."
Sports Illustrated staff writer Anderson (Carlisle vs. Army, 2008) chronicles the rise of Red Grange (1903-1991), the NFL's first superstar, and the men most responsible for the early success of professional football. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Gripping, inspiring coverage of three powerful forces' unforgettable convergence: the sports version of The Perfect Storm."
Sports Illustrated staffer Anderson (The All Americans, 2004, etc.) chronicles a 1912 game that proved a turning point not just for college football, but for the sport as a whole. Read full book review >
THE ALL AMERICANS by Lars Anderson
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 12, 2004

"Surely enjoyable for a readership among academy grads and fans of sports history. Of less service as a window onto WWII."
Are we running out of WWII stories? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An informative introduction to the NFL's minor league. (20 b&w photos, throughout)"
A lively, discursive account of American-style football as it expands its European fan base. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

This first book by a pair of veterans of Sports Illustrated is a highly intelligent look at the colorful world of playground hoops and, with it, the ghettos that support the game. Basketball has changed more radically in the past half-century than any of our other major sports, and the influence of playground ball has been one of the major reasons. From its opening portrait of street legend James "Speedy" Williams, a 29-year-old black man from Brooklyn who supports himself by playing in games organized by drug dealers and hustling one-on-one contests with unsuspecting marks, Pickup Artists is an unusually well-written and astute picture of the ways that basketball has evolved in this country. The soil from which the game sprung to its current tremendous size can be found in the cracked blacktop of dozens of inner-city playgrounds where creative athletes challenge one another with reputation and sometimes money on the line, a way for disadvantaged youth to climb out of the economic trough. As Anderson and Millman amply show, that reality has begun to change subtly. Big corporate money has found the playground—big college money, too—and the playground has succumbed in ways that are leading to its demise as an arena for self-expression, turning instead into a showcase for talent that resembles a meat market. Along the way, the authors give telling glimpses of an array of near-mythical figures, from Nat Holman to Earl "The Goat" Manigault (who died shortly after the book's completion). They mince no words in reporting on the ugly deaths and drug problems that have clung to the playground game. Indeed, after reading this volume, one realizes that playground ball has often been a fabulous jewel with a lethal curse; one wonders how something so beautiful can destroy so many. An exemplary piece of reporting and writing, transcending sports to give us a somber view of America's crumbling cities. Read full book review >