This was one of the more depressing books I have ever read. Death, destruction, despair, cannibalism, violence were all the order of the day in The Ro...moreThis was one of the more depressing books I have ever read. Death, destruction, despair, cannibalism, violence were all the order of the day in The Road. It was very well written but it had no happy ending, or a happy beginning or middle either. I realized early that I really did not like this book but I wanted to finish it. This is not a book for anyone looking for hope or hoping to boost their spirit.(less)
There is no better story of history than that written by a competent writer who was present when the history was being made. Such is the story told by...moreThere is no better story of history than that written by a competent writer who was present when the history was being made. Such is the story told by David Kenyon Webster in his story of D-Day and the fall of Nazi Germany. Webster deals with the everyday battle for survival by the foot soldiers who won WWII. From surviving intense fire-fights to trying to secure food when hungry, shelter when cold and wet, and living to the end of the war, Webster's story is a must read from a man who was there from D-Day to the fall of the Third Reich.(less)
The introductions says it all about this book. It is a book about race masquerading as a book about a lynching. While the book begins with the murder...moreThe introductions says it all about this book. It is a book about race masquerading as a book about a lynching. While the book begins with the murder and rape of a white man and woman in Marion, Indiana that led to the lynching of two black men in 1930, the book is largely about the history of racism and race in the state of Indiana.
The cover photograph is one of the more famous lynching photographs from the early 20th century, complete with white men, women, and children in a festive mood around the two young black men who had been taken from a city jail and murdered by a mob.
Actually there were three young black men but one of them was spared by the mob when a lone female voice cried out above the din of the crowd to let the young man go because he was innocent. To the day that young man died decades later he never knew whom that female voice belonged to.
Indiana had a long and malevolent history towards African Americans, one that was not much better than states of the old Confederacy. This is a story of the courage of a number of men and women who fought the battle for equal rights in Indiana, putting their lives and fortunes at risk.(less)
Larry Tye did an excellent job of writing about the myth and legend of the man Leroy Satchel Paige. From his impoverished upbringing in the Jim Crow c...moreLarry Tye did an excellent job of writing about the myth and legend of the man Leroy Satchel Paige. From his impoverished upbringing in the Jim Crow city of Mobile, Alabama to the black reform school at Meigs, Alabama, to the baseball Hall of Fame, Tye covers all the foibles that made up the legend of Satchel. Few of the baseball fans in America ever saw Paige play because of Jim Crow laws and the segregationist attitude of Major League Baseball. That was both Paige and baseball's loss. Paige's legend grew and it was certainly helped along by Satchel himself. As is the case with so many heroes, the line between fact and myth can become blurred over time and Paige certainly contributed to this blurring.
Tye interviewed Paige's children, teammates, sports writers, and reviewed what little written record there was of Paige's accomplishments. However, many baseball fans saw Satchel pitch at the ripe age of 59, where he could still hold his own with major league players. Tye followed the barnstorming Paige through the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, where Satchel and his all stars played on a team belonging to the dictator Rafael Trujillo.
Tye also covered Paige's warts. His second marriage to his Puerto Rican sweetheart took place while he was still married to his first wife. His love of fast cars, fast women, good liquor, and baseball is well reviewed. All in all this was an excellent book a man who has become largely forgotten amid the hoopla of today's overpaid, self absored professional athletes, many of who have no idea the price men like Satchel Paige paid in order for the modern day players to enjoy the lifestyle they enjoy.(less)