George Plimpton

Mad Ducks and Bears
  • Mad Ducks and Bears

  • From the author of Paper Lion

    Following his turn as a Detroit Lions rookie in Paper Lion, George Plimpton returns to the field of American football and focuses on the careers of his Lions teammates, Alex ‘Mad Duck’ Karras and John ‘the Bear’ Gordy. What he uncovers is a fond tribute to the values and follies of this brutal, but captivating game.

    Paper Lion was the quintessential look at a football team behind the scenes and its companion, Mad Ducks and Bears, offers an astute exploration into the fascinating lives, thoughts and motivations of the players at home, in the locker room, and on the field.

Jean Stein has worked as an editor for a number of magazines, including The Paris Review and Esquire. She is co-author, with George Plimpton, of American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy and in 1990 she became the editor of the literary journal Grand Street, until it ended in 2004. It was described by The New York Times as 'one of the most revered literary magazines of the postwar era'. George Plimpton was an author, an actor and a literary patron. In 1953 he co-founded The Paris Review and his books, including Out of My League, Paper Lion, Mad Ducks and Bears, One More July, Shadow Box, The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair, Truman Capote and The Bogey Man. He died in September 2003.