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The Best Game Ever: A Book Review 1

Posted on July 23, 2009 by Gene Strother

The Best Game Ever has a special place in the reviewer's library.

The Best Game Ever has a special place in the reviewer's library.

“Early in the third quarter, the Giants had their backs to the wall, just as they had all season. They were an established NFL power in America’s greatest city, with a lineup of star athletes expected to dominate the league for years to come…”

So writes Mark Bowen, author of The Best Game Ever. With an eye for detail and a flair for stating the dramatic in a sufficiently understated way so as to make it more dramatic, Bowden weaves the story of the game many still say is the greatest ever played.

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