Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth by David Gessner

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Before he made a name for himself as an acclaimed essayist and nature writer, David Gessner devoted his twenties to a cultish sport called Ultimate Frisbee. Like his teammates and rivals, he trained for countless hours, sacrificing his body and potential career for a chance at fleeting glory without fortune or fame. His only goal: to win Nationals and go down in Ultimate history as one of the greatest athletes no one has ever heard of.

Today Ultimate is played by millions of people around the world, with professional teams in more than two dozen cities. In the 1980s, it was an obscure sport with a (mostly) undeserved stoner reputation. Its early heroes, key players like Kenny Dobyns, Steve Mooney, Tom Kennedy, and David Barkan, were as scrappy as the sport they loved, driven by fierce competition, intense rivalries, epic parties, and the noble ideals of the Spirit of the Game.

Ultimate Glory
is a portrait of the artist as a young ruffian. Driven by ambition, whimsy, love, and vanity, Gessner lives for those moments when he loses himself completely in the game. He shares the field and his seemingly insane obsession with a cast of closely knit, larger-than-life characters. As his sport grows up, so does he, and eventually he gives up chasing flying discs to pursue a career as a writer. But he never forgets his love for this misunderstood sport and the rare sense of purpose he attained as a member of its priesthood.

Title : Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth
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ISBN : 073521056X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Ron rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2017

"Isn't that the thing you do with dogs?" Not so much. Environmental writer and essayist Gessner details the rise of Ultimate, a somewhat modified form of football played with Frisbees, which he stumbled into in the early days of the sport. As much a memoir of Gessner's struggles to become a write...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2017

I loved this book! David Gessner captures perfectly the conflicting inner glories and insecurities of 1980s era Ultimate players. We were playing the Greatest Sport of All Time, while being dismissed by colleagues, friends and family for pursuing a passion Gessner rightly compares, in the minds o...

David rated it ★★★★★

July 17, 2017

terrific read. mostly a memoir of his 20s and early 30s as a very serious [in those days there were no professionals] ultimate player, working part-time and temp jobs and living in group houses to keep most of his time free to train. Played on excellent teams that competed regularly at national c...

Patty rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2017

I am not an Ultimate player, but I live with one (and he has played for 30+ years). This book is combination of a history of the sport, a history of the author's involvement with the sport, and an accounting of the author's life outside of Ultimate (as if that's possible). It's engaging and infor...

Leigh rated it ★★★★☆

August 10, 2017

A memoir that's heavy on Ultimate history, or an overly personal sports history book, depending on how you look at it. The writer confides early that the book, in some part, is an effort to salvage an abortive first effort at writing such a history. His generous style make it work, however, even...

Marissa rated it ★★★★★

July 01, 2017

A memoir and history of the sport of Ultimate Frisbee with an emphasis on the Northeast and the rivalry between the New York and Boston club teams. I found it to be generously written. The author reveals some truths of his young adulthood and the maturation, however suspended, he experienced thro...

Kevin rated it ★★★★★

July 22, 2017

A good read about the birth of ultimate through the eyes of one of its participants. It also charts the arc of the author's youth when the fire burns the hottest. I immensely enjoyed the writing as well as the story. I also like how he dealt with motivations for himself and others and was very ca...

Alpha rated it ★★★☆☆

July 24, 2017

3.5/5 - A fun read about ultimate in the 80's (-ish). Definitely worth checking out if you're into ultimate, but I don't know if it would be interesting for non-players...

Andi rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

Loved it! My favorite book of the summer.

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