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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

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Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape
Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen

Jason Rohde, February 23, 2010

I picked up this book based on a recommendation from a friend and admittedly I was skeptical at first. Another story about a small town high school football team? Sounds hokey and trite. Shortly after finishing I called my friend to thank him for introducing me to this is a gem of book! At its core "Our Boys" is the story about a small Kansas town's high school football team and their coach preparing to defend a 54-game winning streak and four consecutive state titles. However, NY Times reporter and author Joe Drape's first hand account covers much more than football action. Ultimately it is a story about the rewards of community, hard work, friendship, family and dedication, and it is told without being preachy. Do not sell this book short based on the subject matter - it is a great read!
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The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball by Frank Deford
The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball

Jason Rohde, May 9, 2008

In typical Deford fashion, 'The Old Ball Game' was meticulously researched and is told in an eloquent manner and serves as a solid introdcution to John 'Little Napoleon' McGraw, Christy 'Big Six' Mathewson, and baseball in the early 1900's (before Babe Ruth). It is an enjoyable read providing insight to the unlikely bond between the gruff and hard driven McGraw and the All-American, Bucknell educated Mathewson.
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What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank
What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

Jason Rohde, November 5, 2006

Franks, editor of the Chicago-based zine 'The Baffler,' goes back to his home state of Kansas and examines how and why conservatives have grabbed control of U.S. government - despite the fact that their policies undermine the interests of most citizens.

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