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Posted January 25, 2012
A great subject... difficult read!
Moe Berg was a fascinating subject -- quirky, mysterious, and always blazing a new trail. I expected some of that excitement to come through in this book, but that isn't the style chosen by the author. The book is an informative, accurate report of Berg's life and accomplishments, but the little bit of inference about motivations or rationale for behaviors reads more like a psychiatric evaluation. This is a good academic-style study of the man... complete with many complex words/phrases used where simpler more direct terms would have added clarity and readability. To me though, the toughest part of the book was the complete lack of emotion. You never get the impression that the author "liked" or "disliked" Moe Berg and even the stories are included for analysis and not warmth or fullness of the character. Moe deserves a more fully alive, "down home" biography treatment, even if some creative license may be required.
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Posted October 27, 2008
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