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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 Bill Clinton as the former presidents share their thoughts on the game, he looks at the changes that America's Greatest Generation ushered in, as...

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Overview

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 Bill Clinton as the former presidents share their thoughts on the game, he looks at the changes that America's Greatest Generation ushered in, as well as examining baseball's struggle with performance enhancing drugs alongside America's war on drugs.

An unabashedly celebratory explanation of America's love affair with baseball and the men who make it possible, this work sheds light on topics such as the role Jackie Robinson's signing with the Dodgers played in the civil rights movement, how baseball's westward expansion mirrored the growth of our national economy, labor strife, baseball families, the international explosion of the game, and even the myriad ways in which movies, music, and baseball are intrinsically tied. It is a must read for anyone interested in more fully understanding not only the game but also the nation in which it thrives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600789380
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Series: How...Explain Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 53,869
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hal Bodley is a columnist for MLB.com and has covered baseball since 1958. He is a former columnist for USA Today and is the founder and former president of the Associated Press Editors Association and has served as a broadcast analyst for CBS, CNN, and NBC. He has won 30 regional and national writing awards and was elected to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame and the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame. He lives in Belleair Beach, Florida. George Will is a world-renowned newspaper columnist, journalist, and author. He was awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    A marvelous discussion of baseball and how it relates to America

    A marvelous discussion of baseball and how it relates to America and its society. Recommended for all baseball fans. Foreward by George W. Will is awesome.  Has to be the top baseball book of the spring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    I bought this book because I love baseball, and wanted to learn

    I bought this book because I love baseball, and wanted to learn more about it's influence throughout the United States. After reading Hal Bodley's book I learned more then ever thought I would about the game and the influence that it has. I definitely recommend this book for any baseball fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    I have been watching baseball for a long time, but I never reall

    I have been watching baseball for a long time, but I never really knew what goes on behind the scenes or much less the history of how baseball became so popular. Once I read this book I know now what made baseball so popular throughout the years. I also gained a greater appreciation of the game and all that goes into it.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    There is a new definition of literary hell - a 200 page book wri

    There is a new definition of literary hell - a 200 page book written in the style of a USA Today article. Mr. Bodley has a lot of stories to tell; he just doesn't tell them well. And the book's premise - linking baseball to America in a broader context - is superficial at best. Not worth the money.

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