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Bill Massa has commented on (2) products.

Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H. W. Brands
Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Bill Massa, January 4, 2010

The run-up to the November 2008 presidential election seemed to last for much of the decade with President Bush's narrow victory at its beginnning and the Republican party's staggering defeat near its end. During the decade, the references to FDR, the Great Depression and war-time presidential leadership could have been plagiarized from this all-encompassing portrayal of FDR. As I read the gripping book in January 2008, alternating with news stories and op-ed comments, I felt as though I was reliving history and could have given President Bush and the newly elected President Obama advice from "Traitor to His Class." In my opinion, this stunning work by H. W. Brand surely deserves to be considered as the book of the decade.
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When the Game Was Ours
When the Game Was Ours

Bill Massa, December 3, 2009

This work is a rare insight into the golden age of professional basketball and two of its most diverse, yet strikingly similar stars. They are diverse because of their race and personalities,similar because of their extreme competitiveness and will to win. The author does a very admirable job bouncing back and forth between the Boston and LA storied teams that featured "Bird" and "Magic" and she draws in their teammates' comments seamlessly. The book is easy to read, especially if you are a contemporary of these two giants of the NBA game. The pro hardwood game has changed, and the author lets you witness that through the eyes of Bird and Johnson. I enjoyed reading about their encounters both on and off the court. I'd recemmend the book to any sports fan, especially competetive ones like myself.
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