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The Price Of Greatness

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Courtesy of Penguin Random House

Wright Thompson has profiled some of the greatest athletes of all time as a senior writer for  ESPN, studying what drives them, their complicated relationships, and the sacrifices made to achieve their dreams. On this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Thompson about his latest book, "The Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories and other Serious Business" .

Professional athletes are some of the most recognizable figures worldwide, but a life of fame and athletic greatness comes at a great personal cost for the likes of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Dan Gable. Thompson's book takes a look at the lives of these athletes, and the life after a professional career that so many struggle to find.

This program originally aired on May 28, 2019.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa