(San Diego): Regal Productions & Publishing, (1989). First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 223 pp., signed by Jack Tatum and Bill Kushner. Near fine / good +. Item #18093005
John "Jack" David Tatum (1948-2010) was an American football player who is best known for playing nine seasons with the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL). Although we all know and love them as the "Oakland" Raiders, at the time this book was published they were actually known as the "Los Angeles" Raiders between the years 1982 to 1994, before relocating back to Oakland where they still are based (as of this writing - soon to depart for Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2019 season).
A successful athlete, Jack Tatum was popularly known as "The Assassin" because of his hard-hitting playing style. "They Still Call Me Assassin" is his second autobiography, following "They Call Me Assassin", and like the first, it is an exposé of the violence of the game, of a brutality that is encouraged by spectators and coaches alike. The book also serves as a portrait of both Tatum and the Raiders, and the pressures involved in playing one of America's most popular sports.
___DESCRIPTION: Full black paper, silver lettering on the spine, twelve pages of black-and-white photographs of Tatum and football games; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-vi] [1-2] 3-217, signed by Jack Tatum and Bill Kushner on the title page. In a grey paper dust jacket with title in red, black, and white on the front panel, red and black lettering on the spine, reviews of the book on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and a black-and-white photograph of Tatum and bios of the authors on the rear flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; bottom corner of the front board is bumped, else fine. The dust jacket is almost very good, unclipped, clean with bright colours, some minor edge wear, two one-inch closed tears to the top and bottom of the front flap, and a crease along the front flap.
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