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For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball by Bud Selig - Book Review

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Published: William Morrow - July 9th, 2019

Long-time Milwaukee Brewers owner and long-time Commissioner Bud Selig spins a conversational yarn about baseball's on-field and off-field strikeouts and home runs. Drug use, labor disputes, ownership squabbles, and legal and financial headaches occupied much of Selig's tenure, but he makes a pitch that baseball still deserves its title as the national pastime. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House by Norman Eisen - Book Review

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Published: Broadway Books - September 3rd, 2019

Eisen is uniquely qualified to write this book because, as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, he was one of the most recent occupants of the palace built in Prague the 1920s by Otto Petschek. Eisen weaves an incredible story of the palace and its occupants, from Ashkenazi to Hollywood royalty, Nazis, communists, heroes, villains, and victims. The book extends from the 1920s through the Velvet Revolution to the present. The plot twists would rival any mystery. Eisen's own existence, not just his ambassadorship, winds around the thread of his own mother surviving the Holocaust, the Russian invasion, and rise of Communism. This book is fascinating,insightful and timely. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine that Rewrote America by Stephanie Gorton - Book Review

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Published: Ecco - February 18th, 2020

CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and countless other media outlets can trace their roots to McClure's magazine, which held enormous sway molding public opinion in the early 20th Century. The hyperkinetic S.S. McClure, the reserved, forceful Ida Tarbell and aggressive reporters challenged prevailing policies, skewered industrialists, championed unbridled reporting, and in the process changed America. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Lost Japan: Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan by Alex Kerr - Book Review

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Published: Penguin UK - June 2016

This is absolutely a masterpiece. Alex Kerr is considered one of the premier Japanologists in the world today and it is easy to see why. Kerr frames each chapter around an important part of his life in Japan, and then expands to include history, cultural studies, and personal reflections of each subject. While lifting up and celebrating the myriad treasures of Japanese history, Kerr is not shy about lamenting the loss of the important cultural artifacts that is currently happening in the modern world. Lost Japan provides a deeper look at Japanese life than most American books cover, forsaking the oft-discussed big cities and salary-man culture in reverence of a more traditional, mindful way of living that is quickly evaporating. A must-read. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner - Book Review

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

The promise of a new American Founding after the Civil War was articulated by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional Amendments. While they rid the nation of slavery, their aspiration to provide equal rights to more citizens largely failed in the face of violent opposition, blinkered judicial rulings, and widespread indifference. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism by Fintan O'Toole - Book Review

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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 5th, 2019

Fintan O’Toole, in his The Politics of Pain, asserts England has become a nation of submissives, supporting his thesis with the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey is the nation's best-selling writing in any genre so far this century. With Shakespeare's histories, Orwell’s 1984, and Dickens’ novels’ spiritual reckonings as his backdrop, O’Toole parses literary, dietary, and musical trends since World War II, exploring the Brits' self-pitying rally behind John Lydon, née Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, in promoting a politician who openly admitted his facts were mostly mere figments of his own imagination, so leading to the passage of Brexit, as if a flailing of itself. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


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