Al Silverman


Al Silverman was a noted sports writer and the author of ten books and numerous essays published in Playboy, Saga, and Sport magazines. Among his publications is I Am Third, co-written with Gale Sayers, which was adapted for the 1971 television film, Brian’s Song. Silverman also worked as an editor and publisher. From 1951 to 1963, he was editor of Sport Magazine and from 1972 to 1988, he was CEO and chairman of Book of the Month Club. From 1989 to 1997, Silverman served as editor and publisher at Viking Press.

"Al Silverman is both a 'bookman' par excellence and also the ultimate publishing insider...he is exactly the right person to write the story of book publishing since World War II, in the now bygone age of independent publishers and bigger-than-life editors" —Michael Korda, Author of CHARMED LIVES and IKE


The Time of Their Lives: The Golden Age of Great American Book Publishers, Their Editors and Authors

The golden age of book publishing, Al Silverman informs us with utter certainty, began in 1946 and lasted into the late 1970s and early 1980s. In his intimate history of those years, Silverman sets out to prove this sweeping conceit by relying on the eyes and ears and memories of the men and women who were there creating that history. Without inhibition, more than 120 of the most notable heads of houses, editors, and publishers of this time shared many never-before told stories about how the most important books in postwar America came into being, and are still being read today.
(St. Martin's Press, September 2008)

Yankee Colors: The Glory Years of the Mantle Era

Here is an intimate pictorial history featuring rare and many unpublished color photographs of the Yankees from the golden age of the celebrated baseball team. Yankee Colors tells the story of the legendary period from 1949 to 1964 when New York baseball was supreme and the New York Yankees were in the World Series almost every year. Now, this glorious period of Yankees history is captured through the intimate lens of famed sports photographer Marvin Newman. He was one of the only sports photographers of the time shooting in color and capturing the Yankee greats such as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Casey Stengel, and Yogi Berra. Images of regular season games, pennant races, World Series competition, and Yankee Stadium are included.
This book is a must for every Yankee and baseball fan, with behind-the-scenes moments and photos of the greatest baseball icons of the time.

(Abrams, March 2009)