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High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Last Days of Tennis's Golden Age [Format Kindle]

Stephen Tignor

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“This is good stuff, and it’s written with flair. In fact, it made me want even more. ” (The Oregonian)

“A book full of aces...Even for those who know the outcomes of the many matches he recounts, Tignor’s descriptive prose and flair for dramatic writing make “High Strung” a true page-turner.” (Associated Press)

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“A book full of aces....A true page-turner.”
Associated Press

“This is good stuff, and it’s written with flair.”
The Oregonian

High Strung by Stephen Tignor is the gripping untold story of the fiercest rivalry in the history of professional tennis. Viewed through the lens of the fabled 1981 U.S. Open match between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, High Strung brings the golden age of tennis vibrantly alive once more. A fascinating chronicle that orbits around the four greatest, most enigmatic talents in the sport at the time—McEnroe, Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Vitas Gerulaitis—High Strung is a superior sports history, a must read for anyone who truly loves the game.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 492 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 269 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062009842
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books (17 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004OVEZAW
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Totally entertaining 1 août 2011
Par Helen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I was watching the tennis channel and I overheard Darren Cahill give a raving review about this book. I am a tennis freak and thought I would give it a try, well, I was totally entertained. There was so much information that one could gather from this read. There must have been hours and hours of research to find out all the interesting facts. I have had many people come up to me and ask if they could read it after I was done. I wish the author would publish another book dealing with other tennis players, maybe of the more recent era. I recommend "High Strung" not just for tennis players, but for anyone who would like to learn more about these two individuals: McEnroe and Borg. two very high strung individuals. MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tennis Deities 16 mai 2013
Par Pugwash - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
The 1970's, as the author adroitly points out, were the first generation of true professionals. There were no guidelines to teach the over-reachers how to behave, what to say in an interview, how to push humility.

This brought a generation of vivid characters who pushed the limits of behavior to cartoonishness. Not to say these were not phenomenal players and the matches were not epic. Short of the current triumvirate of Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal, the inhabitatants of this era may have been the best of all time.

There was the sphinx-like Bjorn Borg, beloved by men fans and women fans equally, if not exactly. There was the raw brilliance on the court, and the raw emotional behavior of John McEnroe, and the feisty, obnoxious, street brawling of Jimmy Connors. There was a cast of characters competing, like bad boy Ilie Nastase, and the ill-fated perennial runner up Vitas Gerulaitas constantly circling the front runners.

It made for dramatic tennis, great copy, but sometimes very ugly on court antics.

Borg, ultimately, was the only player on the tour McEnroe truly respected, and this elevated his game to its highest levels.

The author, Stephen Tignor, writes in a clear, concise manner, but has some deep insights into the psyches of these seminal players of their generation. He has an understanding of tennis history, and these players places in this hierarchy.

Thoroughly recommended read for the tennis fan and/or historian.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book but title is very misleading 29 septembre 2011
Par Tabe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
It's unfortunate that Tignor chose the title he did for this book as it mars what is otherwise a pretty good book on the tennis world of the 1970s and 80s. However, he did choose that title and as such, the book fails. In 235 pages, we get a fair amount of material on Borg, a fair amount on McEnroe - and little on their actual tennis. Oh, the epic finals at Wimbledon and the US Open are covered but not much else. Instead, we get page after page after page of material on other players - Connors, Gerulaitis, Nastase, and multiple others. We get a couple pages on a McEnroe/Fleming doubles match and lots of descriptions of McEnroe meltdowns. Lost in all that is the actual rivalry which, quite literally, disappears for dozens of pages at a time.

So what are we left with? A good book on the tennis scene as it shifted from amateur to open/professional and the first superstars of that era. But a highly insightful analysis of a rivalry? No.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 IceBorg, MacAttack and Beyond 15 septembre 2011
Par holmes ghassemi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Tignor takes you behind the scenes of one of the most intense, competitive, yet curiously respectful rivalries in the history of sport. Where the HBO documentary left off, High Strung picks up and paints a broad, engaging and complete picture of the tennis landscape well beyond the far-too-short period these two legends spent battling one another.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book with a very misleading title 22 janvier 2012
Par Charbel Eid - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I've been a big fan of Steve Tignor's writing on Tennis.com for several years, so I came in with a good idea of how descriptive and balanced his writing is. This book fulfills my expectations and exceeds them in a few areas. It is extremely well-researched and well-written, and Steve's hard work is apparent in the pages. The book flows between chapters, and is very fluid in its transitions.

What this book is not, is 220+ pages on Borg and McEnroe, and their rivalry. I actually don't quite understand how those involved decided on this particular title, because it's almost laughably misleading. Instead, this is a book about the late 70s and early 80s tennis scene, as the sport transitioned from the amateur to the pro days. The main characters do include Borg and McEnroe, but more than a few dozen pages are used to follow the exploits of Jimmy Connors and Vitas Gerulaitis, and to some extent Ilie Nastase and Ivan Lendl. The author also spends a good amount of the book setting the various scenes, describing the evolution of tennis in the US, its high-class and grass past, and the transition to the modern game. The rivalries and tensions that marked the 70s-80s era of tennis are wonderfully described.

I bought this book simply because I wanted to learn more about the history of tennis. I've heard so much about Borg, McEnroe, Connors, the "old days" and the raucous nature of tennis back then. This book takes the reader straight to that period of time, and lets them explore every facet of that world. I left feeling well-versed and even more intrigued by this bygone era. Highly recommended for pretty much any tennis fan.
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