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Geoffrey Douglas (born 1944) is an American author and journalist and adjunct professor of writing at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell.

His nonfiction books include The Game of Their Lives (about the 1950 FIFA World Cup football match between the United States and England) (1996, 2005), which resulted in a movie of the same name (2005) starring Gerard Butler and Wes Bentley.

He also wrote The Classmates: Privilege, Chaos and the End of an Era (2008);, Dead Opposite: The Lives and Loss of Two American Boys (1994); and Class: The Wreckage of an American Family, based partly on his own experiences. (1992). His magazine work has been anthologized; "The Double Life of Laura Shaw" is in Best American Sports Writing 2001.,[1] while his story in Yankee, "A Question of Life and Death," was a 2002 finalist for a National Magazine Award in reporting.

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Two of my books — the first and the most recent—would probably come under the heading of memoir. The remaining two -- one an examination of a savage crime and the people at either end of it, the other a portrait of mid-20th-century immigrant men through the prism of a World Cup soccer game -- were both driven by questions of class and race. The third book, "The Game of Their Lives," was made into a wide-release, 2005 movie.

The magazine pieces, nearly all feature-length articles written over the past thirty-plus years, have run the gamut from profile to investigative journalism. In addition, I serve part-time as a writer at UMass Lowell, where I contribute 5-6 pieces per issue, three times yearly, to that University's Alumni Magazine.




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