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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

Al Troner, January 29, 2011

Another pop history disguised as a sports biography. Mr. Eig has no feel for NY; no understanding of its history and its impact on the subject and in particular no knowledge of Gehrig's Yorkville. Both my grandfathers knew Gehrig personally and one grew up two blocks away. Cold water flat, Mr. Eig were the norm in 1910, not the sign of a poverty-stricken ghetto - they existed in Chicago as much as NY and to portray Gehrig's childhood as trapped in poverty shows how little understanding the author has of the time, the place and the subject of his biographhy.

Som good details of his often overlooked non-sports life but anohter vastly over-rated book.
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Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend by James S Hirsch
Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend

Al Troner, January 29, 2011

It is hard to believe that this biography absolutely drains the reader of any sense of Willie Mays' outstanding characteristic - the joy of the game. it is harder still to believe that the author was born in 1962 in a National League city (St. Louis)and never saw Mays play. It is hardest to understand how a journalist with Hirsch's unique access to the subject could right such an astonishingly dull book, berefit of any knowkledge of his subject's unique place in the heart of all baseball fans.

It appears that Hirsch would rather right pop history rather than a biography and it is sad to see a geat subject so badly handled. Mr. Hirsch there are many who lived through those times and do not see things quite as you do with 20:20 hindsight. This is not writing for the NY Times or the WSJ - this is WILLIE MAYS for goodness sake. The thought appears to ahve never entered the author's mind.

Three batters down.

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Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Colonel Roosevelt

Al Troner, January 2, 2011

Edmund Morrisis back to a more standard style of biography - no voyages into the experimental as in his Reagan work and teh result is spectacular.

His vivid prose, his use of small detail, the retelling of old 'Teddy" stories - with many new ones added - make the Rough Rider come alive again in this last volume of a long-awaited trilogy. The Master of Sagamore Hill - and the only president born in Manhattan - becomes a blood and flesh figures in his final "imposible drream" of unseating a sitting president, and overthrowing a Republican majority that stood - with one brief interruption by Grover Cleveland - since the Civil War.

He traces with sympathetic pathos a man worn to his bones by life's troubles, his near-death on the Amazon and the crushing loss of his youngest son's in the First World War.

A compleling and viv account of a president still strong in the Americn immagination.
Morris should be given two "Bullies" and have his hand vigerously shaken for having completed an epic biography.
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Untitled Spenser Holiday Novel (Spenser Mystery)

Al Troner, August 26, 2010

Truly a perfect title for the mystery genre. All we know is that it is a mystery and we can speculate that it may concern Thanksgiving as it is being released in November. What is mysterious is why this appears in Powell's listing at all. It appears to be no mystery though that this is likely the last Spenser novel.
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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Al Troner, May 8, 2010

The author failed to address a basic question - if Jews are not indigenous to "Palestine" (a geographic term introduced from Latin by the Romans), then who is? The Arab invaders of the 8th century? The Crusaders? The Ottoman Turks? A big failing in an interesting though flawed argument.
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