Books by Mark Ribowsky

WHISKEY BOTTLES AND BRAND-NEW CARS by Mark Ribowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2105

"Serviceable but often floridly overwritten. Though Ribowsky accuses the band's current incarnation and those who market the legacy of 'mercenary profit motive,' the same charge could be leveled at the book."
Straightforward biography of the Southern rock band. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Excellent from start to finish, demanding a soundtrack of Stax hits as background listening."
Intellectually complex life of Otis Redding (1941-1967), the doomed King of Soul. Read full book review >
THE LAST COWBOY by Mark Ribowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"A must-read for fans of 'America's Team' and, given Landry's impact on the game, for Cowboy haters too."
A prolific sportswriter submits a meaty biography of one of the NFL's legendary coaches. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"The definitive word on a loved, loathed, maddeningly complex broadcasting legend."
You could make a case that Howard Cosell (1918-1995) was the single most important sports broadcaster ever. You would be right. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"Overwritten and overtly sensational."
Acrid biography of the biggest female vocal group of all time. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

An accomplished chronicler of baseball's Negro Leagues (Don't Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball, 1994, etc.) attempts to reclaim from myth the true character of a man best known as the ``Black Babe Ruth.'' Between 1928 and 1946, a time that featured such greats as Leroy ``Satchel'' Paige, Judy Johnson, and ``Cool Papa'' Bell, Josh Gibson was possibly black baseball's greatest attraction. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Ribowski's first-rate take on the national pastime brings to vivid life what Paige and his contemporaries accomplished on their Jim Crow field of dreams. (16 pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unsentimentally revealing biography of the legendary black pitcher, and a history of the catch-as-catch-can Negro leagues where he first flourished. Read full book review >
SLICK by Mark Ribowsky
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"You don't want Al Davis mad at you,'' says Gene Upshaw, and Ribowsky's sometimes clunky sentences do not obscure his forceful underscoring of that message. (Two eight-page photo inserts—not seen.)"
Lengthy, solid, revealing biography of the owner of the L.A. Raiders—and a knowledgeable history of football's evolution from the Sixties onward, on and off the field. Read full book review >