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'Total Football II' a Must for Football Fans
by Harvey Frommer

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This is an exciting time of year in all sports. Baseball is gearing up for post-season play, football is into its long season, basketball camps will begin soon and hockey is on the horizon.

It is also a transitional time for sports books, with all types and varieties available.

The book of choice for all gridiron fans is "Total Football II," the official encyclopedia of the National Football League. Priced at $59.95, published by HarperCollins and edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft and John Thorn, the book contains just about everything one wants to know about the subject.

There are biographies of the National Football League's 300 greatest players, articles on the evolution of strategy through the years, and essays on the history of the game. The player register is an alphabetical listing of every one of the more than 17,000 players who took part in a NFL game from the first season of 1920 through 1998. From Joe Abbey through Jim Zyntell, everyone is here including the position they played, the college they attended, birthdates, teams and years in the National Football League.

"Total Football II" has many interesting features like Famous Football Firsts, Great Football Quotes, The Evolution of Equipment, Football Families, Football Commercials, Football Movies, Draft-Day Surprises, Pro Football Before the NFL.

Unlike other encyclopedias, "Total Football II" is highly organized, legible, and despite its heft and weight, it is easy to find what you're looking for.

Serious research and a sense of humor combine to make the style and spirit of Total Football II useful and enjoyable for football fans. It is a book whose ongoing research began almost two decades ago and has literally involved thousands of people.

Bookends

"The Yogi Book" by Yogi Berra (who else?) Workman Publishers, $12.95, 127pp.) is a laugh on every page. You must own this winning, wacky and wonderful collection of Yogiisms.

"Go For The Goal" by Mia Hamm, (HarperCollins, $18.00, 222pp) is full of instructional tips and anecdotal information from the woman who led the USA team to its World Cup triumph.

"Total Baseball" by John Thorn, Pete Palmer, Michael Gershman, and David Pietrusza, (Total Sports Publishers, $59.95, 2538 pages and a nearly six pounds) is a worthy complement to Total Football. It really lives up to its claim as the "most comprehensive baseball book ever published."
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About the Author:

Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

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