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I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story by Hank Aaron - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780061373602
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2007

From his humble beginnings in Mobile, Alabama to his becoming baseball's all-time home run leader, Aaron chronicles the struggles facing black ballplayers in a newly segregated national pastime. He faced bigotry and even death threats as he neared the coveted home run record held by Babe Ruth, yet he did so with a quiet grace that belied the anger inside him. Aaron's reflection on his life and career is peppered with personal glimpses from some of the game's greats who played with and against him, all of whom considered him to be a great baseball player, but a better man. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


The Cactus League: A Novel by Emily Nemens - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250785763
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Published: Picador - February 2nd, 2021

You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this excellent novel, but if you are you will truly appreciate it and how the nuances and the ups and downs of baseball so closely reflect life. Nemens is clearly a fan of the game and, refreshingly, she speaks the language without trying to overexplain things. Spring season is the backdrop for this story of a myriad of characters. There are superstars, has-beens, players struggling to make their mark, and everyone drawn into the orbit of a team trying to find its way. Ultimately, the one thing they all have in common is that they are broken, yet like every baseball team in the spring, they have some sense of hope. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch by Miles Harvey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316463591
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 14th, 2020

An intriguing chronicle of the early history of the Mormon church, and how one man rose from obscurity to become its leader. Following the murder of Joseph Smith, the church's founder, James Strang used the power of his charisma and the tools of mass media to convince an army of followers that he had been appointed by God to rule as prophet and "King of Earth and Heaven". In ways eerily reminiscent of our times, Strang turned lies into truth and established a virtual nation state within the borders of antebellum America, causing people as powerful as the president to seek his downfall. Well researched with writing making it hard to put down, Harvey provides an in-depth look at an underappreciated part of American and LDS history. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


1941: The Year Germany Lost the War: The Year Germany Lost the War by Andrew Nagorski - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501181139
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2020

Hitler's Nazi regime was at the height of its powers, poised to solidify it's hold on Europe, and possibly defeat Great Britain. And yet at this pivotal moment, Hitler ignored a history he clearly understood, and opened up another front in the war by invading the Soviet Union. Ego certainly came to play in decisions made, and fear to tell the Fuhrer anything but what he wanted to hear led Germany down the road to defeat. Equally fascinating is the way that ego stood in the way of Stalin's willingness to accept the fact that Hitler intended to invade his country. Nagorski provides detailed information on all of the major players in this drama, as well as the lesser known figures who played roles behind the scenes. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780618562091
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Published: Mariner Books - April 6th, 2005

A fast-paced read chronicling the quest to break what had been considered an unbreakable human barrier- the four-minute mile. Bascomb tells the tale of the three men, and their different personalities and training methods, who pushed each other to achieve this goal. While Roger Bannister would ultimately prevail in being the first, it was the effort of all three that made it possible. A reminder that the ultimate barrier to human performance is not physical, but mental. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812977974
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 4th, 2010

Satchel Paige defied Jim Crow, led the way to baseball's integration, was a free agent long before free agency even existed, and was likely the greatest pitcher in baseball history. Larry Tye intertwines fact and mythology to tell this amazing story of an American legend. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


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