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Author: Nicholas Dawidoff Narrator: David de Vries Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781478925088
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The definitive portrait of professional football’s hidden world, as told by the writer who saw it all firsthand

Football is the country’s most popular pastime, and yet most of what happens in today’s NFL is a mystery. The New York Jets gave Nicholas Dawidoff a security code, a locker, an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. He has written a vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game.

In Collision Low Crossers, Dawidoff introduces us to a memorable cast of characters: brilliant, polarizing head coach Rex Ryan; the defensive coaches and their offensive counterparts and rivals; the best defensive player in football, Darrelle Revis, and the young, whimsical, and erratic quarterback Mark Sanchez; and the brotherhood of American characters who come together to form a team.

Here finally is the definitive work on the elusive game, a story that is part Paper Lion and part Moneyball, part Deliverance and part The Office.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is closely and boldly observed, frankly reported, ferociously written with both humor and humanity; it teems with wonderful lines, rich and vivid passages. The end result is what all coaches long for, the magical pleasure of watching a perfectly managed game that ends in a great victory.”

    Thomas Powers, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist

  • “Unputdownable....Whatever your interest, be it in sports, business, or even politics, Collision Low Crossers is a great read. You won’t be disappointed.”


  • “[A] riveting new case study of the professional game…Dawidoff’s exhaustive an instant classic of the genre…The book is a triumph less of access than of immersion and portraiture…and creates an ensemble of interlocking stories…[It] offers an especially trenchant look at the culture of the locker room, laying bare the fine line between pranks, ridicule, pique, and affection…Dawidoff’s writing is rich and lucid…By the book’s end, I felt the way I do after every NFL season—exhausted and sorry it was over.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A rare behind-the-scenes look at what makes a football organization tick.”

    Washington Post

  • “Entirely suspenseful, even when one knows how it will turn out...Dawidoff has established a reputation as one of the best chroniclers of sports in American life....A deeply nuanced look at an organization—a business—with characters who leap off the page.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Superb....Excellent stuff.... Dawidoff is as good as they come.”


  • “A wonderful book by a talented writer I hope to read more from in the future.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “A fascinating, incisive look at football, written in prose that soars like a perfect pass.”

    Shelf Awareness, a Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2013

  • “This is a superlative insider’s portrait of one NFL team, and it’s accessible to casual fans and irresistible to NFL geeks.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Dawidoff is a crack writer, saturating the book with the best of a year’s worth of anecdotes and lacing it with the backgrounds of coaches and players with an intimacy that begs the question how he got all this sharp and often moving material...Dawidoff has a sure hand with the nature of passion, the rancor, and weeping joy that characterizes every season in the most popular sport in the country. Insightful, immediate sportswriting. Readers will feel every bit of the team’s frustration and elation.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “It is rare indeed that any writer can infiltrate any sports team so thoroughly as Nicholas Dawidoff has done in Collision Low Crossers…a sports tour de force.”

    Frank Deford, news commentator and member of the Sportswriters Hall of Fame

  • “By converging elements of the best sport literature—analysis, expose, humor—into an expansive narrative, he takes readers inside the windowless offices of the Jets’ Florham Park, New Jersey, headquarters and onto sweat-stained practice fields where men become boys and friendships rise and fall.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice
  • A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2013

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About the Author

Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of several books, including The Fly Swatter, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and another, In the Country of Country, which was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Conde Nast Traveller, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Catcher Was a Spy. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been a Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri, and Berlin Prize Fellow, and is a contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and the American Scholar.

About the Narrator

David de Vries, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and veteran stage actor and director, spent three years in the cast of Wicked and was the last Lumiere in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared in numerous films and voiced commercial campaigns for companies large and small, including American Express, AT&T, UPS, Motorola, Georgia-Pacific, Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and Ford, among others. He can be seen in a number of feature films, including The Founder, The Accountant, Captain America: Civil War, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. On television, his credits include House of Cards, Nashville, and Halt and Catch Fire.