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Playing with the Enemy

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  442 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Born in a tiny, one-horse town in Ilinois, Gene Moore quickly discovered he had one remarkable gift: an ability to play baseball like a Major League hitter. Before long, Moore was being selected alongside men twice his age to play on the town team. Without a doubt, Moore was set for stardom, but the attack of Pearl Harbor changed everything.
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Published May 1st 2010 by Savas Beatie (first published August 1st 2006)
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It kills me to say this, because it had such promise - UGH. There's a lesson to be learned in this book, and it has nothing to do with baseball: sometimes, family members shouldn't be the ones to write a biography. Sometimes you need that bit of distance, or that... ability to write.

I'm pretty sure that there's a really interesting life story in there somewhere, but I got 40 pages in and had written "GAG ME" and "VOMIT" all over the margins (and other variations thereof, plus many more rude thin
Alex Valdez
Gene Moore was an athletic prodigy who had his whole life set on the game of baseball. Unfortunately the start of War World II postponed his dream with the Brooklyn Dodgers indefinitely. Playing with the Enemy is a fascinating true story about the author’s father who could hit a baseball a country mile. Gary W. Moore manages to recap his dad’s life in a story that not only is engaging, but full of heart. The author manages to make you feel the Gene’s pain and happiness throughout. The plot is b ...more
Feb 26, 2011 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball fans
I was very skeptical when I read that the author was a motivational speaker. Some of the dialogue is strangely exaggerated and it's not really how people speak, but the story is a definite winner. It moved me near to tears at points, which surprised me. It really does show how baseball is as important to the American consciousness as mom and apple pie, and with the season right around the corner, it just serves as a reminder of hope.

I also enjoyed this book because it gave me a look at something
Amy Young
3.5 Written by Gene's son Gary. Combined some of my favorite things: sports, history, and I learned something I didn't know. Gene was drafted while still in high school before World War II broke out. At age 17 he entered the military and played on a team in Northern Africa that helped entertain the troops. As the war moved into Europe the team was sent back to the States to guard a group of POW's. There was a U-boat that the Germans "sunk" in which the US captured the boat, a copy of the enigma, ...more
Tom Earhart
This book was a great story that gave me the feeling that I could never put it down. I loved this book because of the way Gary Moore created such a close relationship with Gene Moore and the reader. Gary Moore had such a great story telling ability, that I nearly felt the excitement and pain that Gene Moore was feeling in the story. As a huge baseball fan and player, I, myself, could nearly put myself in the tough position that Gene Moore was in. For example, I could feel Gene’s pain when it sai ...more
Carole Bartholomeaux
Oct 02, 2007 Carole Bartholomeaux rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves America, baseball or family
First time author Gary Moore takes this book, which could have just been written for his family, and turns it into a must read about the Greatest Generation, the American pastime, World War II, motherhood, apple pie, family, and the American way of life. It is simply a masterpiece. The paperback was just purchased by a major publisher so now, perhaps, this book will get the attention it so deserves. Academy Award winning producer Gerald Molen has the book in pre-production currently. They are ho ...more
Matt Mallozzi
I was fairly impressed with this book, but not to an insane degree. I liked how it defeated the idea of enemies. This book, to me, really made enemies seem like circumstantial people. We don't really hate someone unless we don't know them. We fear, and thus hate, the unknown. I was really interested in the relationship the author had to the characters. I felt as though Gary Moore, who wrote the book about his father's success in baseball which was curtailed by war, was very genuine in his writin ...more
Grace Crawford
Playing with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore, who is the son of the man this book is about, Gene Moore. Gary tells the story of his father who was a baseball player that join the Navy after Pearl Harbor. His father kept up his love of playing baseball while servicing. When the author found out about his father's story, he knew he had to tell the world. He told the world by writing a biography of his dad's life.
The theme of the book is to kept doing what you love. When Gene was guarding captured Germa
The story itself is worthy of being told, the writing is not great (stiff dialogue, the hero seems idealized and just too perfect), but worth the time. Too many "well-written" books have no story and get placed back on my shelves half read. Playing With the Enemy will be read all the way through and enjoyed.
Gene Moore was the greatest ballplayer you never heard of, at least in his son's telling. He grew up poor in a small town in Illinois, but always aspired to play ball. Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, he had a bright career in front of him. Then--Pearl Harbor. Like some other young prospects, Gene was relatively protected--his first job in the Navy was playing exhibition games to entertain the troops in North Africa. Then his team was transferred to a POW Camp in Louisiana, where they acted as gu ...more
An interesting, sweet story, but certainly not the best writing I've ever read. There is a lot of gratuitous and cheesy dialog for this kind of book.
An absolute awesome read, could not put down! Also, I am not a sports or baseball fan, but this book is well worth taking a chance on!
Interesting story...but not the best writing.
I read this for a couple of reasons. First, it's a baseball book, and I enjoy baseball stories, especially about the minors. Second, the subject is a Sesser native. My Dad grew up in a small town a county over and a decade after Gene, and it's always interesting to find good stories from Southern Illinois -- this one is good and you can feel the Southern Illinois character in Gene's story. I feel that I got a good baseball tale that at times sounded a bit too much like other baseball media(Homer ...more
This book is awesome. I love baseball. Really love it. And I love WWII stories, especially those that focus in on one person or group's story. This book is both.

Gene Moore was signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers right before Pearl Harbor. To keep their team in together and in playing shape the Dodgers (along with other clubs) signed their players up for the Navy and they traveled to North Africa as the US Navy Exhibition Baseball Team. They played baseball to entertain the troops on the front and
Brian Eshleman
This book is much more noteworthy than I expected. I chose it because the baseball pickings on were slim and because I like its intersection with history. This was a first-time author, and I hadn't heard much about his book, either.

The story was so engaging I had to keep reminding myself that it was true. The author's father took a riveting journey from baseball prospect, to soldier, to broken, hopeless man to one determined to carry on for others. At times the story hurts to read, b
Playing With the Enemy is a true story about Gary Moore's father, Warren Eugene "Gene" Moore. Gene was a boy from small-town Illinois who had an amazing talent for baseball. He was an incredible catcher, could hit the ball out of the park, and he was a born leader. As one of the youngest on his baseball team at The Lumberyard, he encouraged and motivated his older teammates to work together.

Gene didn't go unnoticed. The Brooklyn Dodgers stood up and took notice before Gene was old enough to play
If I had rated this book immediately after I finished reading it, I would undoubtedly have given it 5 stars, something I have only ever done once or twice before. But I waited a week, during which time I was able to think a bit more critically and less sentimentally about the life of the author's father, Gene Moore, about whom the book was written. I think Gene Moore did much with his life given his hard circumstances and misfortunes. But he also came very late to the realization of how importan ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Linda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: Bill
A feel good story about a little known Brooklyn Dodger recruit who baseball career is interrupted by World War II. The book is written by the player's son who did not know the story until a very short time before his father's death. A book that will have you double checking your priorities. This audio was partially narrated by the son/author. This is his first book and his first narration. I had more issues with the first-time narrator than the first time author, but even those did not restrict ...more
This is a very very good baseball book, focusing on how WWII affected baseball. If you like baseball I am pretty sure you will like this book. My one problem with the book is that the Forward is by "Baseball Legend" Jim Morris. Look Jim Morris is not a baseball legend. Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Tom Seaver, Rogers Hornsby, Zack Wheat, Roberto Clemente, Cal Ripken Jr., Walter Johnson, Hank Aaron, Mel Ott, Johnny Bench, George Brett, Robin Yount, Hank Greenberg, Mike Schmidt... These are all baseball ...more
Daniel Threlfall
I don't normally read sports books, but recently I've read several.

Playing with the Enemy was about sports (baseball), but so much more —and with so much more depth and meaning that I had anticipated going into the book.

It was powerful, profound, and encouraging. Excellent book!

(HT to Brian E. for this gift of broadening my reading into sports.)
ok the best thing for me about this book (that we read in the bookclub I go to) was the history lessons. I never did like my highschool experience in that aspect and regret it as it really was a part of heritage I missed on for the most part.

Like someone in the club said it got a bit "cheesey" at the end what with the German player coming to visit ...and also cc the marriage of his dad and how that had played out was a big hole left attended to.

Anyway glad I did read it and would suggest it to
Monte Lamb
This is one of those books you can't put down. It is the story of Gene Moore, a baseball prodigy from Sesser, Illinois who signs as a "can't miss" prospect with the Brooklyn Dodgers just before World War II. His love of the game and superior skills make him a natural leader on and off the field. The story of his life is riveting and how he overcomes obstacles and deals with some very bad luck is amazing. His life shows how quickly one can change directions and how we must all keep looking forwar ...more
This is a very interesting and a very truthful book. There is some liberties taken, of course, for it to be written the way it is, but the truth of what happened and the kind of person Gene was is something that really shines in this book.

This is a story of a young country boy, of baseball, and of WWII, but it is also about so much more than that. We all face struggles, we all face trials, and sometimes we may not get what we want, but that does not mean our live still does not have value and a
Gene Moore is a baseball god in Southern Il, during the 1940's. He is only 15 years old, but everyone can tell that this catcher can make it to the big leagues.

One problem, WWII. Gene is scouted by the Dodgers, but has to join the navy and play ball overseas in NOrth Africa while the war is going on. He is then shipped back to the U.S. where he guards POWS at a camp in Louisiana. He actually teaches the POWs how to play and then something horrible happens and Gene's life is changed forever.

Donna Barnes
I liked "Playing with the Enemy" a lot --- but I wouldn't recommend it to a reader if he/she does not like baseball because there's tons of it in here. The characters were real people and it was mostly a believable story. Sometimes I felt the style was pretty obvious mostly because of the trite dialogue , at times, but mostly the story had a few surprises along the way, even though you pretty much know the very end from the beginning of the book. The book is more than just...........playing with ...more
Many war vets return haunted by memories and heartbreak. For WWII vet Gene Moore, those wounds were not from combat, but rather from a devastating baseball injury. After a badly-broken ankle alters the Illinois man's promising pro career, a host of problems follow. Combined in Playing for the Enemy are an examination of thwarted dreams, a fascinating chapter of history (Moore taught German prisoners how to play our national pastime) and very real repercussions for the author's family. Prompts a ...more
Tim Gillen
One of the better books that I have read in a while. Fascinating story, emphasizing family, duty, acceptance of those parts of life which are difficult, and an amazing backstory regarding the crew of U-505.

I enjoyed the style of this book, written by Gene Moore's son, and read by a family member. It walk folksy at times, but brought back times long gone.

I listened to the audiobook version read by Toby Moore. While not a professional reader, the proximity to the main character lent a degree of a
Stephen Gallup
Jun 27, 2008 Stephen Gallup rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephen by: Political Pistachio Radio
Often when summarizing a book, I find one word or phrase that characterizes it for me. In this case, it would be "earnest sincerity." It's very hard to fault what the author sets out to do here. Despite almost zero interest in sports, I enjoyed it immensely because of the theme of frustrated ambition and the author's affectionate treatment of his father. I wrote a review elsewhere after reading it last year, in which I noted the imperfect prose that others mention here. But somehow in this case ...more
RFL 2013 I found Gene Moore's story very interesting. I found the writing to be sentimental (and why wouldn't it be as it was written by his son and not a professional writer?). Having read Unbroken this past year, it's just hard to read another WWII narrative without comparison and this just isn't the same league of writing. However, I will recommend this to students who like baseball and/or history as the story is different and sometimes it's good for kids to read about people whose dreams are ...more
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Gary W. Moore is known worldwide as an inspirational and motivational speaker of choice, successful entrepreneur, accomplished musician and award winning and critically acclaimed author.
As author of Playing with the Enemy, Gary tells the story of his father, Gene Moore and his remarkable life in baseball and war, soon to be a major motion picture.
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“A friend is someone who walks into a room when everyone else is walking out.” 29 likes
“The main character, Gene Moore, is shown how much of his identity is wrapped up in his career and potential in that career. When he comes home from war no longer able to see himself as a baseball prospect, he isn't sure who he is. This is thoroughly reinforced every time one of his acquaintances identifies him by baseball or inquires about his status. How much of our identity and worth is wrapped up in our job title or the one we are aspiring to?” 1 likes
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