Frommer on Sports
RED SOX THREADS & other August Reads
Bill Nowlin has worked on more than a
dozen books about the Red Sox and it shows in this compendium, book of
lists and tales, stats and streaks and all kinds of seat of the pants
info and data about the team that packs Fenway every
"Red Sox Threads: Odd and Ends From Red Sox History"
(Rounder Records, $18.95, 545 pages) is a mother lode of
interesting, insightful and intelligent ruminations on Red Sox
Nation - - -nicknames, Jewish , Latino, Foreign born
Sox, the first Woman who played at Fenway, numbers and uniforms,
opening days and more and more. For fans of the Old Towne Team
required reading and for the rest of us a book to browse through and
"Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World"
by David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster $26.95 496 pages) by the Washington
Post journalists and author of acclaimed biographies of Bill Clinton and
Vince Lombardi, is a page turner dealing as it does in great detail with
games played 48 years ago in a simple era, without terrorism threats,
crass commercialism and inane and "stop-it-already" TV coverage.
The skilled Maraniss carefully crafts chapter after chapter and goes
into detail on such items as the controversial decision in the men's
swimming event, the Tigerbelles' encounters with prejudice. Muhammad
Ali, Rafer Johnson and others are once again given that "up close and
personal look." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
From Oxford comes a slew of titles geared to China and
Olympic reading for these lazy, languid summer days: "China: Fragile
Superpower" by Susan L. Shirk, $27.00, 336 pages), "Fallun Gong and the
Future of China" by David Ownby, $29.95, 312 pages), "Modern
China" by Rana Miller, $9.95, 168 pages, paperback), "Oxford Chinese
Mini Dictionary, A" $9.95, 656 pages, paperback). If China
is your cup of tea - -these are books just for you.
"The Crowd Sounds Happy" by Nicholas Dawidoff (Pantheon, $27.95, 272
pages) is a true page turner of a memoir as the author takes us back to
his childhood struggles with baseball in the foreground and background.
It is a brilliantly told tale and one would expect no less from Dawidoff,
author of "The Catcher Was a Spy."
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