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The Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

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Awards

A 2006 New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City in 1977, The Bronx Is Burning is the story of two epic battles: the fight between Yankee Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch for the city's mayorship. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts — one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of the city — was the subtext of race.

Deftly intertwined by journalist Jonathan Mahler, these braided Big Apple narratives reverberate to reveal a year that also saw the opening of Studio 54, the acquisition of the New York Post by Rupert Murdoch, a murderer dubbed the "Son of Sam," the infamous blackout, and the evolution of punk rock. As Koch defeated Cuomo, and as Reggie Jackson rescued a team racked with dissension, 1977 became a year of survival — and also of hope.

Review:

"Ambitiously conceived, marvelously told...Mahler weaves several stories into one grand narrative of the city's death and rebirth....It all comes back, in living color...a tour de force." The New York Times

Review:

"A rich canvas...an excellent new book." Sports Illustrated

Review:

"Compulsively readable...Mahler's innocently emblematic figures careen vividly through their historical moment." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Using sports as metaphor for more important business is a risky business that usually falls flat, but Mahler is right to see the Yankees...as the city where they played in miniature, and to sense in the note of triumph on which their wild season ended an augury of better things." Washington Post

Synopsis:

1977 New York saw the fight between Yankee Reggie Jackson and manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch for the city's mayorship. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts was the subtext of race, which marked a year of upheaval — but also one of hope.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

 

Scheduled for release in July 2007 as an ESPN original miniseries, starring John Turturro as Billy Martin, Oliver Platt as George Steinbrenner, and Daniel Sunjata as Reggie Jackson.

 

A kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City in 1977, The Bronx Is Burning is the story of two epic battles: the fight between Yankee Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch for the city's mayorship. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts--one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of the city--was the subtext of race.

 

Deftly intertwined by journalist Jonathan Mahler, these braided Big Apple narratives reverberate to reveal a year that also saw the opening of Studio 54, the acquisition of the New York Post by Rupert Murdoch, a murderer dubbed the "Son of Sam," the infamous blackout, and the evolution of punk rock. As Koch defeated Cuomo, and as Reggie Jackson rescued a team racked with dissension, 1977 became a year of survival--and also of hope.

About the Author

Jonathan Mahler is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312427023
Subtitle:
1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City
Author:
Mahler, Jonathan
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
History
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
New york yankees (baseball team)
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070626
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 8-page bandw photo section
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
8.09 x 5.71 x 1.035 in

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Product details 376 pages Picador - English 9780312427023 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Ambitiously conceived, marvelously told...Mahler weaves several stories into one grand narrative of the city's death and rebirth....It all comes back, in living color...a tour de force."
"Review" by , "A rich canvas...an excellent new book."
"Review" by , "Compulsively readable...Mahler's innocently emblematic figures careen vividly through their historical moment."
"Review" by , "Using sports as metaphor for more important business is a risky business that usually falls flat, but Mahler is right to see the Yankees...as the city where they played in miniature, and to sense in the note of triumph on which their wild season ended an augury of better things."
"Synopsis" by , 1977 New York saw the fight between Yankee Reggie Jackson and manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch for the city's mayorship. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts was the subtext of race, which marked a year of upheaval — but also one of hope.
"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

 

Scheduled for release in July 2007 as an ESPN original miniseries, starring John Turturro as Billy Martin, Oliver Platt as George Steinbrenner, and Daniel Sunjata as Reggie Jackson.

 

A kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City in 1977, The Bronx Is Burning is the story of two epic battles: the fight between Yankee Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch for the city's mayorship. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts--one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of the city--was the subtext of race.

 

Deftly intertwined by journalist Jonathan Mahler, these braided Big Apple narratives reverberate to reveal a year that also saw the opening of Studio 54, the acquisition of the New York Post by Rupert Murdoch, a murderer dubbed the "Son of Sam," the infamous blackout, and the evolution of punk rock. As Koch defeated Cuomo, and as Reggie Jackson rescued a team racked with dissension, 1977 became a year of survival--and also of hope.

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