Love, Zac by Reid Forgrave audiobook

Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy

By Reid Forgrave
Read by Jason Culp

Algonquin Books 9781616209087

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781664474482

  • ISBN: 9781664468849

  • ISBN: 9781664476684

Runtime: 9.11 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Zac Easter could be your neighbor, your classmate, your son.

In December 2015, Zac Easter, a twenty-four-year-old from small-town Iowa, decided to take his own life rather than continue his losing battle against the traumatic brain injuries he had sustained as a no-holds-barred high school football player.

For this deeply reported and powerfully moving true story, award-winning writer Reid Forgrave was given access to Zac’s own diaries and was able to speak with Zac’s family, friends, and coaches. He explores Zac’s tight-knit, football-obsessed Midwestern community; he interviews leading brain scientists, psychologists, and sports historians; and he takes a deep dive into the triumphs and sins of the sports entertainment industry.

Forgrave shows us how football mirrors America, from the fighting spirit the game has helped inscribe in our national character to the side effects of the traditional notions of manhood that it affirms. But above all, Love, Zac is a warning to parents and those entrusted with the care of our kids not to ignore concussions and warning signs of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

For parents struggling to decide whether to allow their kids to play football, this eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and ultimately inspiring story may be one of the most important books they will read.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An intelligent, provocative tale that will give pause to many parents of football players at any level.” Kirkus Reviews
“An in-depth exploration not only of football and its risks, but of the empty-calorie culture into which we are driving young men.” Brian Alexander, author of Glass House
“A monumental achievement of deep reporting and expert storytelling.” Michael Sokolove, author of The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino
“An artful and intimate portrait of a former high school football star that travels ambitiously into themes of masculinity, suffering, and the nature of a national obsession. Love, Zac is not just a vital contribution to the national conversation about traumatic brain injury in athletes, it’s so beautifully written it belongs on the shelf alongside classic works of literary journalism.” Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion

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Author Bio: Reid Forgrave

Author Bio: Reid Forgrave

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 9.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English