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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

AchillesX, March 12, 2014

TAKE NOTE --- I typed the following in my posted comment of November 27, 2013. For whatever reason(s), it apparently was not processed and/or recorded!

My late father, while standing all-day 40-years on, vigorously and masterfully hand-winded copper coils as a machinist.
Charley was the factory's last man to perform such a task manually when he retired in 1971. Rapid innovations in engineering
technology; quality control benchmarks; transformation of corporate ownership-direction-product lines-fiscal accounting;
factory renovations, retooling, re-locations, closings; both management and worker downsizing; benefits & pension restructuring;...
altogether erupted throughout the State of Ohio and across the industrial Midwest, elsewhere during the '70s---inevitably leading
an America (for which immigrant Charley worked tirelessly, lived honestly, and honored its social contract) into ongoing decades
of seething, excruciating 'UNWINDING'.
This is the theme of George Packer's eagle-eyed, sweeping 30+ years' state-of-the-Union narrative.
THE UNWINDING: AN INNER HISTORY OF THE NEW AMERICA. *Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction*
Hardcover - Published May 2013
Paperback - Available March 2014
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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

AchillesX, November 27, 2013

My late father, while standing all-day 40-years on, vigorously and masterfully hand-winded copper coils as a machinist.
Charley was the factory's last man to perform such a task manually when he retired in 1971. Rapid innovations in engineering
technology; quality control benchmarks; transformation of corporate ownership-direction-product lines-fiscal accounting;
factory renovations, retooling, re-locations, closings; both management and worker downsizing; benefits & pension restructuring;...
altogether erupted throughout the State of Ohio and across the Midwest, elsewhere during the '70s---inevitably leading
an America (for which immigrant Charley worked tirelessly, lived honestly, & honored its social contract) into ongoing decades
of seething, excruciating 'UNWINDING'.
This is the theme of George Packer's eagle-eyed, sweeping 30+ years' state-of-the-Union narrative,
THE UNWINDING: AN INNER HISTORY OF THE NEW AMERICA. *Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction*
Hardcover - Published May 2013
Paperback - Available March 2014

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Out of the Shadows: African American Baseball from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson by Bill Kirwin
Out of the Shadows: African American Baseball from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson

AchillesX, October 9, 2010

Author/Editor of "NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture" Bill Kirwin, presents readers a 12-essay eclectic anthology on the emergence of African Americans
in baseball (circa 1880s), to formation of the Negro Leagues in the early 20th century, the tumultuous years throughout Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color line, and aftermath. Powerful and effectual individuals such as
Effa Manley, Sol White, Branch Rickey, "Cool Papa" Bell, Don Newcombe, Dick Allen, and Jackie Robinson receive prominent historical attention.
This is one marvelous historical collected works that deserves reading.
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Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine by George Dohrmann
Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine

AchillesX, September 28, 2010

This is an investigative journalist's eyes-wide-opened expose on the fascinatingly ugly and shameful world of youth professional basketball exploitation at best,
prostitution at worst.
The author earned his bones, a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize, at age 27 as a Minneapolis sports reporter tenaciously chronicling one head coach's scheming, cheating ways while shattering, and crippling a University of Minnesota basketball
program for years thereafter.
PLAY THEIR HEARTS OUT is an exhaustively researched, comprehensive accomplishment
with graceful and sophisticated writing. It is much more than the sports book of
the season. It may well be one of the best of this decade.
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