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Memories of Summer: When Baseball Was an Art, and Writing About It a Game
by Roger Kahn
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786861908, Hardcover)Esteemed baseball writer Roger Kahn's Memories of Summer makes a fine companion to his earlier classic,The Boys of Summer. Both books plow similar soil--Kahn's roots in Brooklyn and his years covering the Dodgers with fertile prose--but the similarities end there. The new volume, subtitled "When Baseball Was an Art, and Writing About It a Game," foregoes its predecessor's route of wistful melancholy and broken dreams for the exhilaration of the sport itself. Kahn focuses his considerable powers on the ways baseball permeated America's post-World War II ethos, and why, in an era less blemished by cynicism, baseball blossomed into a writer's playing field.
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This joyful memoir of sports and sportswriting - of a time when the writers and the players would spend their days laughing on the road together and their nights drinking in bars together, without a press agent in sight - brings to life the years when baseball was not only the national pastime, but established itself as a symbol of masculinity and grace in America.
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