Reading and Thinking Football

Football, including books thereon and idiosyncratic thinking thereabout

Book Review: Hey, Wait a Minute

with 2 comments

Hey, Wait a Minute (I wrote a book!) was John Madden’s first book with his co-author, longtime NYT scribe Dave Anderson. I previously read and favorably reviewed Madden and Anderson’s second book, One Knee Equals Two Feet, and Hey, Wait a Minute definitely sounds like the same book. Same Madden tone that’s both enjoyable and informative. The problem, though, is that One Knee Equals Two Feet is about football and Hey, Wait a Minute is John Madden’s autobiography. And, while I found Madden an often informative and entertaining commentator (at least when he was paying attention), I really didn’t care that much about him. Reading the books in the order I did and having read Madden’s Wikipedia entry, I didn’t get much out of Hey, Wait a Minute. It’s not bad, and I’m sure I would have enjoyed it 25 years ago when it first came out. Now, though, it’s been superseded by events. Read One Knee, and feel free to skip Hey, Wait a Minute unless you’re intensely interested in John Madden’s career until 1984.

Advertisements

Written by Tom Gower

October 18, 2009 at 05:30

Posted in Uncategorized

2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Does the book go over Madden's estrangement with his family at all? That's the only thing I'm interested in

    joe football

    October 19, 2009 at 23:24

  2. Alas, not really. I also suspect a lot football people than Madden are estranged from their families. Most just aren't nearly so open about it.

    Tom

    October 20, 2009 at 03:05


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: