Peter Gent is one of the great overlooked political writers of the 20th century.
That’s probably because his novels weren’t outwardly about politics; Gent wrote about big-time college and professional sports from the perspective of someone who knew. He had been a successful basketball player at Michigan State University and played five years of pro football for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s.
His first and best-known book, “North Dallas Forty,” was a thinly disguised autobiography of his own experience with the team, which was basically run like a fascist organization.
The reason I mention him now — in a political blog — is a passage I recently reread that says so much about the country we were becoming even in 1973.