Books by Michael Sokolove
The Incredible True Story of a
Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater
To be released September 26, 2013
Why would the multimillionaire
producer of Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Miss
Saigon take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former
steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school
production of Les Misérables? To see the show performed by
the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High
School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe.
Protecting our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports
Published June 2008
Amy Steadman was destined to become one of the great women’s soccer players of her generation. “The best of the best,” Parade magazine called her as she left high school and headed off to the University of North Carolina . Instead, by age 20, Amy had undergone five surgeries on her right knee. She had to give up the sport she loved. She walked with a stiff gait, like an elderly woman, and found it painful just to get out of bed in the morning.
The Ticket Out
Darryl Strawberry and The Boys of Crenshaw
Published April 2004
The year was 1979 and the fifteen teenagers on the Crenshaw High Cougars
were the most talented team in the history of high school baseball. They were
pure ballplayers, sluggers and sweet fielders who played with unbridled joy and
"More than the sad saga of Darryl Strawberry, The Ticket Out examines
and explodes an American myth: that athletic skill offers a magic shortcut to
happiness and success. Mike Sokolove is a journalist who finds in sports a
window to deeper, more important things."
--Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose
Published October 1990
For the first time -- the truth of how
a man who made himself an American hero ended up an American
tragedy. Full of hard-hitting, news-making revelations, this
investigative biography tells the real story of what happened and
why the scandal should have been no surprise to anyone.