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Chris Jaffe rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones
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I really don't know why I didn't like this book more than I did. I really liked his book on the Plantagenets. He's a good writer and he knows his material. But .... it just didn't really ever catch my attention. I guess I just agree with something Jo ...more
Chris Jaffe rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Best Team Money Can Buy by Molly Knight
The Best Team Money Can Buy
by Molly Knight (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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Good book. Knight had good access to what was going on and reports on all the big stuff. She's not as good a writer as Michael Lewis, but it's a good book by and large.
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The Great Divide by Joseph E. Stiglitz
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It's a very good book. Stiglitz knows his stuff, and makes his points in a clear and easy to read fashion. The main problem: this book keeps repeating itself. That makes sense, as it's a collection of columns and other previously written stand-alone ...more
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Fred Clarke by Ronald T. Waldo
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It's OK, but fairly standard. It goes over his life, but never really grabbed me.
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The Pine Tar Game by Filip Bondy
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Good, but not great. It is entertaining and kept my attention. Bondy is able to get an entire book out of the game because he doesn't just focus on the game. He also relates it to the Royals-Yankees postseason rivalry from 1976-80. Not every part wor ...more
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Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling
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I enjoyed it a great deal, in how it looked over the lives of these two men as well as the times they lived through. There were some particular bits I found interesting, generally the parts looking at Hamilton. In the Revolution, Alexander Hamilton s ...more
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Genghis Khan by Frank McLynn
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Informative, but it can be a slog. Campaign after campaign after campaign gets wearying for the reader (at least for this reader). Early on isn't so bad as he intersperses chapters on military campaigns with other ones - a chapter on the Mongol legal ...more
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Pedro by Pedro Martinez
Pedro
by Pedro Martinez
read in August, 2015
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I had two main problems w/ this book.

First, the people and times in it never really came alive. He doesn't really talk much about his off-field life much and the on-field stuff wasn't typically covered in too much depth. And you don't really get a f
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The Miracle Braves, 1914-1916 by Charles C. Alexander
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Meh. It's pretty standard/generic recountings of seasons and games. It's often hard to keep track of any bigger picture while reading over so many game accounts. By the end I was more skimming than actually reading. I'm tempted to give it two stars, ...more
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