Praise for Red Holzman
“Mort Zachter’s Red Holzman reads like a labor of love, using a lot of screen/roll writing to bring to life a man that led the Knicks to their two championship titles. There’s a lot to it, as there was a lot to Red Holzman. Zachter gives the reader a glimpse of a man that would ask you to meet him in his office—the toilet stall—for a brief conference. Always done out of sight and off key. It was something he wanted you to know, about your demeanor or public statement, on the QT. Typical Red; always working, but not making it obvious. He was like a duck in water, and Mort captures a lot of what made Red Holzman great.”
—Phil Jackson, Hall of Fame basketball coach
“Before Mort Zachter's Red Holzman, most of what I knew about the legendary coach came from Phil Jackson, with whom I rarely had a conversation without him working tales about his beloved mentor. This biography afforded me the opportunity to dig in deeper into Holzman but also on many of the largely forgotten individuals who forged the early history of this game. The Knicks might not be doing so well, but their revered two-titled coach gets his due from Zachter.”
—Jack McCallum, author of the best-selling Dream Team, Seven Seconds or Less, and Golden Days
“In Red Holzman, Mort Zachter has written an affectionate and insightful biography of one of the truly great men in the history of basketball. He intimately captures the life and times of the coach I knew, the source I often relied on, and the friend I had for over 30 years. It deserves a wide readership.
—Ira Berkow, Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and author of To the Hoop: The Seasons of a Basketball Life.
“Zachter offers a comprehensive, if workmanlike, look at the life of New York Knicks coach Red Holzman (1920–1998), who guided the team to its only two NBA championships….NBA fans curious about the league in its earlier decades are most likely to find this solid biography of interest.” —Publishers Weekly
“Mort Zachter brought back to me a memorable picture of Red Holzman as I knew him. Red was a loyal man who possessed an incredible sense of humor; and an inordinate amount of humility who loved his privacy, family, friends, and players. Any success or accolades he received were channeled to his associates and his players. At the end of the day, Red just wanted to do his job and go home to Selma.”
—Bill Raftery, award-winning basketball analyst
Praise for Mort Zachter's Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life
"In these pages you understand how Hodges defined what it meant to be a role model in the golden age."
—Tom Verducci, New York Times bestselling author, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer, and MLB Network analyst
"The definitive and wonderfully told tale of a baseball icon."
—Michael Shapiro, author of The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers and Their Final Pennant Race Together