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Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football by Michael Holley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316266901
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Published: Hachette Books - September 5th, 2017

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have redefined success in the NFL, a league which spent the decades before their arrival in New England in 2001 shaping and enforcing rules and standards, so as to create parity among its franchises. Boston sports journalist Michael Holley looks at how the coach and quarterback share an understanding of how people win, and how with that understanding, have together elevated their Patriots to a dominance both revered and reviled around the league, and even across the nation, which in itself teams to try and win against them, in court if not on the gridiron. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 by George Howe Colt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501104794
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Published: Scribner - October 8th, 2019

For a country exhausted by a year of often violent civic and political protests, the Summer of Love and assassination of two of America’s most prominent peaceful figures, and after a fiery, three-way presidential election, college football’s The Game at Harvard against Yale on November 23, 1968, brought entertainment and sporting, gridiron rivalry. Yale, coming in nationally ranked and fielding two certain NFLers, took a 29–13 lead into the final 42 seconds, when Harvard mounted what for many was a true miracle, tying the score in what for many others was a 29–29 triumph. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk by Jon Krakauer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984897695
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Published: Anchor - October 29th, 2019

Classic Krakauer is an appropriate title in two ways. These collected articles are classic in that they exemplify what I love about Krakauer’s entire oeuvre: his ability to make me care about subjects I otherwise would not have read about, the compassionate lens with which he views his subjects, and the richness of detail that can make topics like surfing and mountaineering feel more exhilarating on the page than in actuality. And they’re classic in another way: though they span Krakauer’s early career, they still feel as fresh and relevant today as when they were written. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524732363
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

This is a heartwarming romp through pastures, trails and landscapes that most of us have never experienced. Beginning with the rescue of a neglected donkey, the story blossoms into a rewarding journey with the ever-expanding and far flung cast of oddball characters and goats and other donkeys that McDougall meets and bonds with in the service of his mission to give little Sherman “a job”. If I were to pick a bone, it would be with the subtitle, “The Donkey With the Heart of a Hero.” That's not what this book is about. Sherman is a donkey with a pretty much standard burro-shaped heart, who was in need of a kind, understanding and intuitive home, which he finds thanks to McDougall and family and his bevy of unique friends. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Ball Four: The Final Pitch by Jim Bouton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781630260347
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Published: Turner - April 1st, 2014

My parents bought me Ball Four for my tenth birthday, two months after its original publication date in 1970, gifting me a life-changing read they probably still rue. Jim Bouton demythicized the American athlete for me, and made human the same legends I had been brought up to revere. In remembering him with his recent death, I elegize Jim Bouton with respect for his wit, his honesty, and most of all, his intelligence, which helped him to become for me my life's first 'Renaissance Man.' ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall - Book Review

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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

This is a memoir of the Dao of Donkey. Christopher Mcdougall's wonderful, funny, insightful, and always entertaining book is about training a rescued donkey named Sherman to be his running partner, or vice-versa. The story evolves into life lessons learned from a myriad of characters: burro racers, "crazy" ladies, Amish people, goats, and of course Sherman, who is the real hero—move over Black Beauty. This book left a warm happiness inside my head and my heart long after I finished it. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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