A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps: A Sportswriter's Memoir

Diane K. Shah (Author)


Strike fast, strike hard--whether it's scoring a homerun or front-page news, Diane K. Shah, former sports columnist, knows how to grab the best story.

In her memoir A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps, follow Diane's escapades, from interviews with a tipsy Mickey Mantle, to sneaking into off-limits Republican galas, dining with Frank Sinatra, flying a plane with Dennis Quaid, and countless other adventures where she wields her tape recorder and a tireless drive for more.

From skirting KGB agents while covering the Cold War Olympics to hunting down the three mechanical sharks starring in Jaws, Diane's experiences are filled with real heart and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. An insightful look into the difficulties of navigating a male-dominated profession, A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps offers rich retellings and behind-the-scenes details of stories of a trail-blazing career and the prejudices facing female sportswriters during the 60s and 70s.

Product Details

$24.00  $21.60
Red Lightning Books
Publish Date
April 28, 2020
6.2 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Diane K. Shah is a former journalist and the first female sports columnist for a major daily newspaper. During her career she has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, GQ, Playboy, and Esquire. She is the author of four mystery novels and author (with Daryl Gates) of Chief: My Life in the LAPD, a New York Times bestseller, and Relentless, photographer Neil Leifer's memoir. She lives in New York City.


"Former sportswriter Shah hilariously chronicles her experiences in the good old boys' world of sports reporting beginning in the late 1960s with the National Observer....Eventually, Shah became "just one of the guys" while blazing a trail for female sports reporters. Shah's earnest and witty memoir serves as an astute look into the world of sports journalism."

--Publishers Weekly