My to-do list at work today included a stop at the resale shop that my workplace runs and once again, the damnedest thing happened. There’s some sort of magnetic pull between me and the used books shelf in the corner. I can’t possibly imagine why or how this phenomenon happens.
Here’s what caught my eye and a few dollars from my paycheck this afternoon (each synopsis is from bn.com)
I’m the last person to read this, right? I’m sure of it.
Never heard of this novel, or D.L. Smith (this is his debut novel) but doesn’t this look interesting? How could I resist it for $1.00?
I’ve never listened to Laura Ingraham nor do I know much about her, but I do like the premise of her book.
In 1989 David Halberstam published Summer of ’49, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller. It was a compelling portrait of baseball in an America as yet unchanged by affluence, technology, and social progress. The players, almost all white, had been raised in harsh circumstances, the games were played in the afternoon on grass and were broadcast on radio, the teams traveled by train, and the owners had dictatorial power over the players. Here also was the story of the Yankees winning the first of their pennants under Casey Stengel before going on to become baseball’s greatest dynasty. October 1964 is Halberstam’s exciting new book about baseball — this time about the last season of that Yankee dynasty. Like the previous book, it is both sports and history, and it is a fascinating account of an electrifying baseball championship against the background of profound social change. The Yankees, like most American League teams, reflected the status quo and, in contrast to the National League teams, had been slow to sign the new great black players (indeed, for a time, their best scouts were ordered not to sign them). Though the Yankees boasted such great names as Mantle, Maris, and Ford, theirs was an aging team: Mantle, hobbled by injuries, was facing his last hurrah in post-season play. By contrast, the St. Louis Cardinals were a young tough team on the ascent, featuring talented black players — Bob Gibson, Curt Flood, Lou Brock, and Bill White — who were changing the very nature of the game with their unprecedented speed and power. Halberstam has once again given us an absorbing tale of an exciting season and a great Word Series that reflected a changing era in both baseball and the rest of society as well: The fabric that insulated baseball from the turmoil in the rest of the country was beginning to tear. We get intimate vignettes not only of the players but also of the scouts who signed them including the black scouts who had been denied the chance.
Winik brings his vast, meticulous research and narrative genius to the cold, dark battlefields and deadly clashes of ideologies that defined this age. Here is a savage world war, the toppling of a great dynasty, and an America struggling to survive at home and abroad. Here, too, is the first modern Holy War between Islam and a resurgent Christian empire. And here is the richest cast of characters ever to walk upon the world stage: Washington and Jefferson, Louis XVI and Robespierre, Catherine the Great, Adams, Napoleon, and Selim III. Exquisitely written and utterly compelling, The Great Upheaval vividly depicts an arc of revolutionary fervor stretching from Philadelphia and Paris to St. Petersburg and Cairo—with fateful results. A landmark in historical literature, Winik’s gripping, epic portrait of this tumultuous decade will forever transform the way we see America’s beginnings and our world.