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How Baseball Explains America

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Examining the connection between baseball and our society as a whole, How Baseball Explains America is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind journey through America's pastime. Longtime USA TODAY baseball editor and columnist Hal Bodley explores just how essential baseball is to understanding the American experience. He takes readers into the Oval Office with George H.W. Bush and Bi ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Triumph Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jimmy Sawczuk
I wasn't really impressed with this book. He basically recounted some recent and some not-so-recent history, but failed to live up to his promise of explaining how baseball explains America, because there was really no analysis of any kind. I also didn't like how he stuck to his USA Today-style of prose, which included a lot of one-sentence paragraphs and seemed to repeat itself a lot.
Lisa Herlocker
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this but the rambling text is in serious need of an editor. It never really analyzes how baseball explains this country. The historic events mentions are in any clear chronological or thematic arrangement.

As a baseball fan it was worth reading as part of gearing up for Opening Day just to get me thinking more about the fun coming over the next few months.
Eric Kabakoff
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
The title's a little bit of a misnomer and it's a little scattershot, but worth reading for any baseball fan. I managed to learn some interesting things and enjoyed reading about the author's long career, but it wasn't quite the analysis of baseball in America that I expected, given the title.
Gene Bernacki
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Being an avid baseball fan I found this book to be very light and not overly informative. However there were a few high spots that rekindled some memories of this great game.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
There are some interesting stories told here but it truly is all over the place. Did anyone proof read this? Repeated quips made you think that you had already read a particular part.
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