Tim Nordstrom's Reviews > Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History

Crazy '08 by Cait Murphy
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This was a tricky book for me since I am not a Cubs fan, and the book mainly focuses on the Cubs, but I am a fan of baseball and baseball history. Crazy '08 does a great job scraping off some of the romanticism that gets attached to these old-time figures and the era, and revealing the gritty, sometimes tragic, but always interesting reality. It is a fascinating read from that perspective. The drama of the '08 season, however, didn't quite grab me for whatever reason. The author tries to convey the urgency of the pennant race and some of the interesting twists and turns in the march to the World Series, but though I found almost all of the individual anecdotes interesting, the story as a whole wasn't all that compelling. Nonetheless, it's a decent book on baseball history, and is probably a bit more relevant for fans of the Cubs.
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message 1: by RJ (new)

RJ There was a book called The Unforgettable Season that captured the events of the time a bit better. More focused on the Giants, but still a good read.


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