Love, Zac by Reid Forgrave | Hardie Grant Publishing

Love, Zac Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy

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In December 2015, Zac Easter, a twenty-four-year-old from small-town Iowa, decided to take his own life rather than continue his losing battle against the traumatic brain injuries he had sustained as a no-holds-barred high school football player.

For this deeply reported and powerfully moving true story, award-winning writer Reid Forgrave was given access to Zac’s own diaries and was able to speak with Zac’s family, friends, and coaches. He explores Zac’s tight-knit, football-obsessed Midwestern community; he interviews leading brain scientists, psychologists, and sports historians; and he takes a deep dive into the triumphs and sins of the sports entertainment industry.

Forgrave shows us how football mirrors America, from the fighting spirit the game has helped inscribe in our national character to the side effects of the traditional notions of manhood that it affirms. But above all, Love, Zac is a warning to parents and those entrusted with the care of our kids not to ignore concussions and warning signs of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). For parents struggling to decide whether to allow their kids to play football, this eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and ultimately inspiring story may be one of the most important books they will read.

'Love, Zac is not just a vital contribution to the national conversation about traumatic brain injury in athletes, it’s so beautifully written it belongs on the shelf alongside classic works of literary journalism.' —Jeanne Marie Laskas, New York Times bestselling author of Concussion

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ISBN:

9781643752020

Format:

Paperback

Pages:

288

Dimensions:

21cm x 14cm

RRP:

$27.99

Category:

Sport , Health & Wellbeing

Publisher:

Workman Publishing

Published:

29 September 2021

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Reid Forgrave