Synopses & Reviews
A philosophical musing on sports and play, this wholly eccentric and charming reissue of Bart Giamatti's final book, Take Time for Paradise, never received its due (it was published in hardcover by Simon and Schuster in 1989, shortly after his death, and in paperback by Summit in 1991) and has been out of print for more than decade. With a new introduction by Jon Meacham and an afterword by his son, actor Marcus Giamatti, this brief, poetic book will find new readers looking for a thoughtful and intelligent take on the importance of play. Beginning with the conviction that our use of "free time" tells us something about who we are, as individuals and as a nation, Giamatti explores the concepts of leisure, American-style. And in baseball, the quintessential American game, he finds its ultimate expression. Baseball fulfills the promise America made itself to cherish the individual within the context of a larger, unified group. Giamatti goes on to suggest that sports reiterate the purpose of freedom, serving as a constant reminder of the transcendent and the sacred. If freedom comes from the ability to pursue leisure, then through sport we re-create freedom every day in a public setting. The perfect book for anyone interested in baseball and the role of sports in society, Take Time for Paradise gives us the final, eloquent thoughts of "the philosopher king of baseball."
A philosophical musing on sports and play, this wholly inspiring and utterly charming reissue of Bart Giamatti's long-out-of-print final book, Take Time for Paradise, puts baseball in the context of American life and leisure. Giamatti begins with the conviction that our use of free time tells us something about who we are. He explores the concepts of leisure, American-style. And in baseball, the quintessential American game, he finds its ultimate expression. "Sports and leisure are our reiteration of the hunger for paradise- for freedom untrammeled." Filled with pithy truths about such resonant subjects as ritual, self-betterment, faith, home, and community, Take Time for Paradise gives us much more than just baseball. These final, eloquent thoughts of "the philosopher king of baseball" (Seattle Weekly) are a joyful, reverent celebration of the sport Giamatti loved and the country that created it.
About the Author
A. Bartlett Giamatti served as commissioner of Major League
Baseball from April 1, 1989, until his death on September 1, 1989. He
had previously been the president of
the National League, starting in 1986. He was a scholar of the English
Renaissance at Yale University, a beloved professor, and later became
its youngest president.