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The Best Game Ever: Pirates 10, Yankees 9: October 13, 1960 by Jim Reisler

Publishers Weekly

The nine innings of 1960’s World Series’ seventh game provide baseball historian Reisler with all the framework he needs to paint an exciting and detailed picture of a sport and its milieu. Reisler (Babe Ruth: Launching a Legend, among others) calls a good game, deftly intertwining the dramatic backstories and subplots of the World Series showdown between each pitch. With cinematic flourish, Reisler breaks from the game’s action to zoom in on all the bit players and supporting cast of the competition, including the announcers, children playing hooky, the photographers, random spectators, and the individuals who pillaged the field for souvenirs. Reisler puts together a visually nuanced account without the aid of a video record (the tapes have been lost). As the drama mounts, each pitch and swing takes on greater meaning as Reisler illuminates the events leading up to the game and follows its reverberations into the future. He delivers an account that succeeds in creating suspense when the outcome is already known, and by the time Mazeroski’s home run sails over the wall at Forbes Field, each Pirate and Yankee player feels like an old friend. As evidenced by the faithful who still congregate at what used to be Forbes Field’s left field wall every October to listen to the rebroadcast, this is a story worth hearing.

No More Angels by Ron Butlin

Publisher’s Description

From Ancient Greece, via contemporary Britain, into the future, from childhood to old age and beyond, the stories in No More Angels capture the idiosyncrasies of modern life.

Comic, tragic, and sometimes both, Ron Butlin explores individual lives with a lightness of touch that cuts right to the heart. A dramatic follow-up to Butlin’s acclaimed Belonging, No More Angels is a captivating celebration of human frailty.

Revolutionary Spirits:The Enlightened Faith of America’s Founding Fathers by Gary Kowalski

Publisher’s Description

Bringing to life the complex creeds and personalities of America’s Founding Fathers, this book confronts many of the myths about the religious views of some of the most notable figures in history. Offering clear and candid portraits of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Paine, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison as both religious reformers and political rebels, this analysis tells the illuminating story of these unorthodox men of faith and thought and reclaims their spiritual inheritance for all Americans. Providing a careful examination of how the Founders’ nature-based spirituality was tied to their fascination with science, this record includes discussions on Washington’s aversion to using the word “God” in public pronouncements, Jefferson’s mathematical calculations to show that the biblical great flood would have been impossible, and Paine’s thoughts on the possibilities of alien life.

School for Scumbags by Danny King

Publisher’s Description

Habitual teenage delinquent Wayne Banstead is expelled from yet another school and finds himself hauled off to reform school. It plays host to the worst of the worst-thieves, bullies, arsonists, and flashers. But far from rehabilitating the boys, the teachers seem intent on instructing them in how to get away with things. Danny King’s latest is definitely not suitable for kids

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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