The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese

When people say “they don’t write ‘em like that anymore,” people are referring to writers like Gay Talese. THE  SILENT SEASON OF A HERO (Walker, $16) is a mandatory collection of essays for any sports-lover with a sense of history. “The Silent Season of a Hero,” “Ali in Havana,” and “The Loneliest Guy in Boxing” are alone worth the price of this book. Story after story shows Talese’s gifts: his muscular style, with never a word wasted; the angles of approach to a narrative that other writers could never see; the vivid details that put us momentarily inside the story, looking out. Luckily for us, Talese wrote  ’em like that, and he still does.