The Best of Bacon

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John U. Bacon

A treasured collection of timeless pieces written by John U. Bacon—Perfect for fans of any Michigan sport


Most people interested in Michigan sports will be familiar with John U. Bacon—whether from his frequent appearances on ESPN and the Big Ten Network; his radio segments on Michigan Radio (NPR) and other stations; or his bestselling books on the University of Michigan football program. Covering high school, collegiate, and professional athletics in the Great Lakes state since 1995, Bacon has developed a reputation for going beyond traditional Xs and Os sports reporting to capture personal, behind-the-scenes stories about fans, players, and coaches that provide rich insights about the past, present, and future of our sports culture.

The Best of Bacon collects new and previously released stories by the author, all focused on sports in his home state. Many of these stories were inspired by specific moments in time—the passing of a legendary broadcaster, a particular comeback thriller, or the advent of a rivalry— and will immediately transport readers to some of the highs (and lows) of their own fandom. More so, however, Bacon’s timeless writing unpacks longer lasting themes—why we love sports so much, and how that passion evolves generation to generation. Whether a Spartan or a Wolverine, a long-suffering Lion or a diehard Wing-Nut, a lifetime sports fan or just someone who loves great writing, there’s something for everyone in this book. 

"John U. Bacon is one of the best reporters of my generation."
—David Shuster, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist

"Bacon goes places reporters don't get to go and offers readers almost an unprecedented depth of insight into a story still sharp."
—Ty Duffy, Senior Writer, The Big Lead


John U. Bacon is Lecturer in the Departments of Communication Studies and Educational Studies at the University of Michigan and an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 232pp.
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Sales Restrictions

Our edition is available in Canada, United States


  • Hardcover
  • 2018
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-13081-8

  • $24.95 U.S.

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