Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever Audiobook, by L. Jon Wertheim Play Audiobook Sample

Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever Audiobook

Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever Audiobook, by L. Jon Wertheim Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Chris Abell Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780358449393

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53:13 minutes

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27 seconds

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20:18 minutes

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A rollicking guided tour of one extraordinary summer, when some of the most pivotal and freakishly coincidental stories all collided and changed the way we think about modern sports The summer of 1984 was a watershed moment in the birth of modern sports when the nation watched Michael Jordan grow from college basketball player to professional athlete and star. That summer also saw ESPN’s rise to media dominance as the country’s premier sports network and the first modern, commercialized, profitable Olympics. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird’s rivalry raged, Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe reigned in tennis, and Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon made pro wrestling a business, while Donald Trump pierced the national consciousness as a pro football team owner. It was an awakening in the sports world, a moment when sports began to morph into the market-savvy, sensationalized, moneyed, controversial, and wildly popular arena we know today.   In the tradition of Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927, L. Jon Wertheim captures these 90 seminal days against the backdrop of the nostalgia-soaked 1980s, to show that this was the year we collectively traded in our ratty Converses for a pair of sleek, heavily branded, ingeniously marketed Nikes. This was the year that sports went big-time.  

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“We talk about key moments in sports; but the summer of 1984 was a key moment for sports. Jon’s book is nostalgic, informative, and most of all, a lot of fun.”

— Chris Evert, Amercan former world #1 tennis player 


  • “Images of Jordan and Magic, Mary Lou and the Great Gretzky. Who knew—1984 was pretty outstanding after all.”

    — Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author
  • “As Jon Wertheim lays out, 1984 was a pivotal year in the history of sports, with many of the major trends and enduring figures emerging and converging.”

    — Bob Costas, American sportscaster and New York Times bestselling author

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About L. Jon Wertheim

L. Jon Wertheim, an executive editor at Sports Illustrated, is the author of several books and co-author of two New York Times bestsellers. His work is featured in The Best American Sports Writing.

About Chris Abell

Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’s Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and has won several Earphones Awards.