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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In this “brilliantly imagined and neatly plotted” Civil War novel (Boston Globe), two battle-scarred companies-one Union, one Confederate-embark on a series of baseball games amid the carnage at Spotsylvania. “Wonderfully conceived and eloquently executed” (Caleb Carr). Maps.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 8th 1997 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 28th 1997)
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Kathy
A friend gave me this book to read because I love historical fiction and the Civil War era in particular. I've been reading a lot of fantasy/young adult novels and wasn't really anxious to move to another genre just yet, but since it was a borrowed book, I didn't want to sit on it too long.

Boy am I glad I picked it up. I really enjoyed this book. It had probably the best descriptions of the day-to-day life of a soldier at that time. Although I often prefer my history sanitized (think "Gone With
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Carol Storm
Outstanding Civil War novel -- truly balanced in the portrayal of North and South. Plus there's baseball!
Gabby
One of the best books I've read from any genre on any subject. The story takes place in the midst of the Civil War close to the battle at Spotsylvania. The Union soldiers involved have less than a month to serve in their tour of duty. They are the 14th Regiment from Brooklyn, New York. All they want is to get through the final days before they are discharged so they can go back to their homes, families, or the lives they left behind. Unfortunately, they are not lucky enough to spend their remain ...more
Badly Drawn Girl

I was a bit skeptical when I started this book. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction and have little interest in books about the civil war. I needn't have worried. Thomas Dyja's novel is a wonderful story that is greater than the sum of it's parts. You don't have to be interested in the civil war, you don't even have to like the game of baseball, to be captivated by the story. The characters are so well developed and the descriptions so vivid that I felt like I was there, hiding in the trees
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Sean
The concept of this novel was rather unique and beautifully drawn. It's more than a war story, it's more than a baseball tale, it's about people overcoming their pre-concieved notions of what they think they know about themselves and the world and forming new ideas as they see the world for what it truly is. Though some of the portions of the book seem cumbersome and quite a bit longer than they should have been, the ending is satisfying (though predictable) and it leaves you with a lot to think ...more
Jim
I randomly picked this book up off the shelf at a local public library in London, England. I was a bit surprised to find a baseball book in an English library. Checked it out and really enjoyed the story. Great read, highly recommend.
Tom Eldridge
Beautiful and heartbreaking Civil War story about Rebel and Yankee picket lines, secretly meeting for a game of baseball. Wonderful story about the war. Gripping, couldn't stop reading it.
Patrick
Fiction. Great characters, great story combining two of my loves, baseball & the Civil War. Tough to read depictions of battle.
Hannah
A family favorite, combining baseball and the Civil War. Incredibly detailed, a book you can't put down.
Kim
American historical....May 1864 Spotsylvania....baseball between Yanks and Rebs - value of life and friends.
Greg
A pretty neat premise but it just could not take off.
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I've written three novels and two works of non-fiction before THE THIRD COAST. I've also worked as an editor, book packager, and many years as a bookseller in Chicago, New York, and Boston. I currently live in Manhattan with my wife and daughter, who's in high school; my son is away at college.
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