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On the staff of The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and a regular panelist on NPR's It's Only a Game, Charles P. Pierce has written for, among others, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and Esquire. He is the author of two books.

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Pierce offers a genial look at the unlikely rise of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from embattled Michigan player through draft afterthought to multiple Super Bowl MVP. But while the book might seem late considering the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years in 2004, it actually benefits from Pierce using the team's trying 2005 season as a backdrop against which to highlight his main argument: that Brady's intangible abilities as a leader under any circumstances are worth far more than what can be measured with a stopwatch. In addition to stories from Brady's coaches and teammates that bear out this assessment, journalist Pierce serves up some entertaining prose. He describes the bombastic NFL as "less like family entertainment and more and more like the strategy... used to pry Manuel Noriega out of Panama," and skewers Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts as "so flighty that he made Mayor McCheese look like Benjamin Disraeli." In all, it's a buoyant if blindly reverential account that's sure to appeal to anyone with more than a passing interest in one of the game's most celebrated players. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Pierce, a staff writer at the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, tackles the more conventional topic of three-time Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady, but he crafts his story distinctively. He uses the New England Partriots's challenging 2005 season as a filter through which Brady's life is passed. Pierce relies on extensive interviews with Brady's family, friends, teammates, and coaches; less predictably, he takes a highly analytical view of him as representative of such values as teamwork, loyalty, and community, underpinning that evaluation with a diverse set of allusions, including Vatican II and a 1908 philosophical treatise on loyalty by Josiah Royce. The result is an artfully constructed and delightfully written work. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/06.] Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Charles Pierce might have written a book about a quarterback, but he's really the quarterback himself in this endeavor. Although Tom Brady is the cynosure here, Pierce wonderfully mixes his own offense up, leading the reader downfield with diversions into history, religion, strategy, and pigskin arcania--all with insight and wit and his usual charming way with words." -- Frank Deford Reviews for "Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story: " "Moving the Chains" is a study of so much that is too often lost in victory: grace and character and humility. This is a magnificent biography, a meticulous and illuminating tale for those of us who still want to believe in champions. Put simply, Charles Pierce on Tom Brady is America's best sportswriter writing on one of America's best champions. As usual with Pierce, brilliant, beautiful work.--Adrian Wojnarowski, author of New York Times best-selling The Miracle of St. Anthony "Charles Pierce might have written a book about a quarterback, but he's really the quarterback himself in this endeavor. Although Tom Brady is the cynosure here, Pierce wonderfully mixes his own offense up, leading the reader downfield with diversions into history, religion, strategy, and pigskin arcania--all with insight and wit and his usual charming way with words." --Frank Deford "I didn't think anyone could make me like and respect Tom Brady more than I already do. But Charlie Pierce has created a wonderful portrait of a true American hero. Moving the Chains' reminds me of John McPhee's classic A Sense of Where You Are, about young Bill Bradley. Every few decades or so we get one of these finely-crafted, beautifully-written works that reminds us there is, indeed, valor in sport and in grace in sportswriting." --Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times; author of Heaven Is a Playground "If you ever wanted a football hero to believe in, Tom Brady's your guy. How he came to be that hero, remaining true to himself and the game, and lived to laugh about it, is wonderfully explained by the inimitable Charlie Pierce in this book sparkling with wicked wit and uncommon good sense." --Dave Kindred, author of Sound and Fury, a dual biography of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell "Moving the Chains is a study of so much that is too often lost in victory: grace and character and humility. This is a magnificent biography, a meticulous and illuminating tale for those of us who still want to believe in champions. Put simply, Charles Pierce on Tom Brady is America's best sportswriter writing on one of America's best champions. As usual with Pierce, brilliant, beautiful work." --Adrian Wojnarowski, author of New York Times best-selling The Miracle of St. Anthony "Filled with the wit, insight, and shoe-leather reporting of Charlie Pierce--a great sportswriter and one of the nation's most entertaining writers on any subject--this book is a gift to every Patriots fan and everyone who loves football." --Joe Conason, journalist and author "No one writes about sports like Charles Pierce," --Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights "Charlie Pierce is not only the sports guy, but he is also the writing guy." --Frank Deford, NPR. "A gripping memoir with universal themes," --The Boston Globe on "Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story" Charles Pierce might have written a book about a quarterback, but he's really the quarterback himself in this endeavor. Although Tom Brady is the cynosure here, Pierce wonderfully mixes his own offense up, leading the reader downfield with diversions into history, religion, strategy, and pigskin arcania all with insight and wit and his usual charming way with words. Frank Deford I didn't think anyone could make me like and respect Tom Brady more than I already do. But Charlie Pierce has created a wonderful portrait of a true American hero. Moving the Chains' reminds me of John McPhee's classic A Sense of Where You Are, about young Bill Bradley. Every few decades or so we get one of these finely-crafted, beautifully-written works that reminds us there is, indeed, valor in sport and in grace in sportswriting. Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times; author of Heaven Is a Playground If you ever wanted a football hero to believe in, Tom Brady's your guy. How he came to be that hero, remaining true to himself and the game, and lived to laugh about it, is wonderfully explained by the inimitable Charlie Pierce in this book sparkling with wicked wit and uncommon good sense. Dave Kindred, author of Sound and Fury, a dual biography of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell Moving the Chains is a study of so much that is too often lost in victory: grace and character and humility. This is a magnificent biography, a meticulous and illuminating tale for those of us who still want to believe in champions. Put simply, Charles Pierce on Tom Brady is America's best sportswriter writing on one of America's best champions. As usual with Pierce, brilliant, beautiful work. Adrian Wojnarowski, author of New York Times best-selling The Miracle of St. Anthony Filled with the wit, insight, and shoe-leather reporting of Charlie Pierce--a great sportswriter and one of the nation's most entertaining writers on any subject--this book is a gift to every Patriots fan and everyone who loves football. Joe Conason, journalist and author No one writes about sports like Charles Pierce, Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights Charlie Pierce is not only the sports guy, but he is also the writing guy. Frank Deford, NPR. A gripping memoir with universal themes, The Boston Globe on "Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer s Story" " Charles Pierce might have written a book about a quarterback, but he's really the quarterback himself in this endeavor. Although Tom Brady is the cynosure here, Pierce wonderfully mixes his own offense up, leading the reader downfield with diversions into history, religion, strategy, and pigskin arcania all with insight and wit and his usual charming way with words. "Frank Deford" I didn't think anyone could make me like and respect Tom Brady more than I already do. But Charlie Pierce has created a wonderful portrait of a true American hero. Moving the Chains' reminds me of John McPhee's classic "A Sense of Where You Are, " about young Bill Bradley. Every few decades or so we get one of these finely-crafted, beautifully-written works that reminds us there is, indeed, valor in sport and in grace in sportswriting. "Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times; author of Heaven Is a Playground" If you ever wanted a football hero to believe in, Tom Brady's your guy. How he came to be that hero, remaining true to himself and the game, and lived to laugh about it, is wonderfully explained by the inimitable Charlie Pierce in this book sparkling with wicked wit and uncommon good sense. "Dave Kindred, author of Sound and Fury, a dual biography of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell" "Moving the Chains" is a study of so much that is too often lost in victory: grace and character and humility. This is a magnificent biography, a meticulous and illuminating tale for those of us who still want to believe in champions. Put simply, Charles Pierce on Tom Brady is America's best sportswriter writing on one of America's best champions. As usual with Pierce, brilliant, beautiful work. Adrian Wojnarowski, author of New York Times best-selling The Miracle of St. Anthony Filled with the wit, insight, and shoe-leather reporting of Charlie Pierce--a great sportswriter and one of the nation's most entertaining writers on any subject--this book is a gift to every Patriots fan and everyone who loves football. "Joe Conason, journalist and author" No one writes about sports like Charles Pierce, "Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights" Charlie Pierce is not only the sports guy, but he is also the writing guy. "Frank Deford, NPR." A gripping memoir with universal themes, "The Boston Globe on "Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer s Story"""

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