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The 15 Most Memorable Books I Read in 2017

Why most memorable? Because “best” and “top” in my opinion aren’t really helpful when it comes to book recommendations. Some books make an impact. Some don’t. These did. As you’ll see, many of these books were not published this year. A few were holdovers from last year that I never got to and a few more were books that I’ve always wanted to read that …

Jon Finkel’s Highly-Anticipated Charlie Ward Biography Has Arrived

Jon Finkel Charlie Ward Biography

One year, 100,000+ words, one Tony Dungy and one Jeff Van Gundy endorsement later and here it is, my new biography of Heisman Trophy Winner, Florida State National Champion and New York Knicks point guard Charlie Ward. I absolutely LOVED writing this book. From home cooked meals with Charlie’s parents in Thomasville, Georgia to running on his high school field to conversations with Mark Richt …

Why Jane Leavy’s ‘The Last Boy’ is a Brilliant Book on Mickey Mantle

I’m biased. I love Jane Leavy as a writer. Her first book, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy is in my top 25 books of all-time in any genre. So I was predisposed to want to enjoy The Last Boy before I even read the first word. My only concern was that maybe Leavy/Koufax was a one-time perfect combination of writer and subject, and that the combination forced …

NEW PROJECT: Heisman Trophy Winner & 1st Round NBA Draft Pick, Charlie Ward’s Biography

I’ve started research, interviews and writing for my next book with Florida State legend Charlie Ward. It’s pretty much 24 years in the making for me. Let me explain: It’s January of 1993 and I’m lying on my bed, flipping through channels on my old 28” box TV set in my high school bedroom. These were dark, dark channel surfing times, with only one HBO, …