If Deford's not the best writer of sports around today, he's sure got numero uno hearing footsteps. This eclectic bag of articles written over the last 15 years for Sports Illustrated should win him the title outright. In a perceptive and graceful introduction to the 17 pieces, Deford candidly admits that he prefers to go one-on-one with his subjects ""the fewest number of people involved in a competition, the better it lends itself to writing""then goes on to artfully demonstrate tallest midget in the world
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