El Beisbol: The Pleasures and Passions of the Latin American Game by John Krich, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
El Beisbol: The Pleasures and Passions of the Latin American Game

El Beisbol: The Pleasures and Passions of the Latin American Game

by John Krich
     
 
A quirky, wry, and often hilarious odyssey through the baseball fields of Latin America—both sports book and travelogue, political reportage and meditation on New World identity. With wit and style, John Krich evokes a world where barefoot kids perfect their swings with stalks of sugar cane, midget mascots dance the merengue atop dugouts, and wily scouts compete

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A quirky, wry, and often hilarious odyssey through the baseball fields of Latin America—both sports book and travelogue, political reportage and meditation on New World identity. With wit and style, John Krich evokes a world where barefoot kids perfect their swings with stalks of sugar cane, midget mascots dance the merengue atop dugouts, and wily scouts compete with dictators for the souls of promising shortstops. "El Beisbol sparkles with keen observation and irreverent humor."—Washington Post Book World

Editorial Reviews

Playboy
Who would believe that Krich could tell the story of our failed foreign policies in Latin America through baseball and make it funny?
Washington Post Book World
El Beisbol sparkles with keen observations and irreverent humor.
National Public Radio - Richard Grossinger
Krich has the ability to dance, without betrayal, between myth and history, poetry and politics.
National Public Radio - Bill Littlefield
A book about truth and illusion...delightful...magic.
The New York Times - Tom Miller
A book of integrity and pleasure.
Daniel Okrent
How the blood flows in John Krich's book! He uses baseball to illuminate politics, except when he uses politics to illuminate baseball. The two endeavors have a great deal in common...they invite passion, and they're marvelous spectator sports.
The Instrumentalist
El Beisbol sparkles with keen observations and irreverent humor.
Tom Miller
A book of integrity and pleasure.
New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566634199
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
863,225
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.78(d)

What People are saying about this

Bill Littlefield
A book about truth and illusion...delightful...magic. (Bill Littlefield, National Public Radio)
Daniel Okrent
He uses baseball to illuminate politics, except when he uses politics to illuminate baseball.
Richard Grossinger
Krich has the ability to dance, without betrayal, between myth and history, poetry and politics. (Richard Grossinger, Editor, The Temple Of Baseball, National Public Radio)

Meet the Author

John Krich was born in New York City and lived in San Francisco unti a recent move to Hong Kong, where he is a feature writer and food columnist for the Asian Wall Street Journal. His first novel, an imaginary autobiography of Fidel Castro, A Totally Free Man, shared the 1982 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award. His other books include Music in Every Room, Why Is This Country Dancing?, Bump City, and Won Ton Lust.

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