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Three Nights in August by H.G. Bissinger
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Jul 28, 2011

liked it

I have to say that I was disappointed in this book. Here are my problems:

1. Bissinger is not a great stylist. Often, he attempts to shape a memorable sentence, only to end up with an incredibly awkward moment.

2. Much of the book describes the brooding, tormented, obsessive nature of Tony La Russa. This gets a bit boring after a while.

3. Like a lot of contemporary non-fiction writers, Bissinger follow a structure best done by the late David Halberstam. Halberstam was a wizard at inserting between narrative sections small digressions, generally biographies and/or descriptions of the key players. Bissinger does the same, but gives short shrift to the main narrative--the managerial perspective on 3 games between the Cardinals and the Cubs. His bios don't really work to strengthen the narrative; instead they detract from it.

4. Bissinger doesn't really make the 3 games come alive.

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