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The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World (English Edition)
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The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Roger Kahn

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Celebrated sports writer Roger Kahn casts his gaze on the golden age of baseball, an unforgettable time when the game thrived as America's unrivaled national sport. THE ERA begins in 1947, with Jackie Robinson changing major league baseball forever by taking the field for the Dodgers. Dazzling, momentous events characterize the decade that followed—Robinson's amazing accomplishments; the explosion on the national scene of such soon-to-be legends as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bobby Thomson, Duke Snider, and Yogi Berra; Casey Stengel's crafty managing; the emergence of televised games; and the stunning success of the Yankees as they play in nine out of eleven World Series. THE ERA concludes with the relocation of the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, a move that shook the sport to its very roots.

Praise for Roger Kahn:

"As a kid, I loved sports first and writing second, and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote. As an adult, I love writing first and sports second, and love Roger Kahn even more." —Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss

"He can epitomize a player with a single swing of the pen." —TIME magazine

"Roger Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business." —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Review of Books

"Kahn has the almost unfair gift of easy, graceful writing." —BOSTON HERALD

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 617 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 382 pages
  • Editeur : Diversion Books (15 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009Y8UV62
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating, although idiosyncratic, look at one of baseball's great periods 20 septembre 2006
Par dcreader - Publié sur
The Era is a wonderfully written account of New York's three baseball teams from 1947-1957. It provides strong coverage of that period's most important events and puts you into a box seat (no skyboxes then) for the most thrilling moments of that decade. Even though you know the outcome of the games, Kahn's writing leaves you on the edge of your seat.

In short, Kahn provides a strong narrative of the period's most important events and portraits of its most important personalities, but is uneven when recounting the seasons the book purports to cover.

Kahn is strongest on a few topics, such as Jackie Robinson's historic entry into the game and the abuse he suffered at the hands of many players, particularly those from the South. He pulls no punches, and clearly rebuts attempts at revisionism by those now rightfully embarrased by their conduct at the time. His portraits of Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley, Leo Durocher and Casey Stengal are vivid and illuminating.

On the down side, much is missing from The Era, even given its confines to New York's teams. Kahn provides strong coverage of the 1947, 1948 and the 1949 seasons, but then skims quickly from 1950-1957, providing only the briefest summaries of the seasons and then short accounts of the World Series. He slows down during the 50s only to (brilliantly) tell the story of how Walter O'Malley obtained control of the Dodgers and then removed them to LA, forever breaking the hearts of Brooklynites.

Another minus is his occassional asides into the era's politics. While occasionally relevant on issues such as race, his comments on foreign affairs are totally out of place and add nothing to the narrative.

All told, however, The Era is a wonderful book that you'll read quickly and put down wanting more.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 New York's Monopoly 23 avril 2004
Par Rocco Dormarunno - Publié sur
Roger Kahn has once again pulled a fresh reading of what could've been a nostalgic mess from a less skilled writer's pen. "The Era 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World" is able to tread that fine line between admiration and hagliography, and presents us with an engaging history of the decade during which New York's baseball teams (yes, Brooklyn is technically part of New York City) dominated first place in their leagues.
Many of the anecdotes tread familiar paths, but it's worth hearing them again in Kahn's distinct voice. There are some funny, some grim stories that are not so well known. Unlike most baseball books, this one doesn't bog the reader down with buckets of stats which are usually included so that the author can impress you. Kahn is on a different level. Keep this book alongside your copy of "Boys of Summer" for a complete view of New York's baseball dominance during this era.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Baseball's best era through the eyes of its best writer 14 mars 2005
Par Adam R. Bosch - Publié sur
"The Era" is a must read for anyone who loves baseball and great writing.

But there is no secret to why baseball's greatest era is told so well in this book. The formula is simple. Take a gaggle of the greatest players, dump them into the world's greatest city and let them play America's greatest game and you've got a story. The tricky part it telling that story. Luckily, baseball's greatest writer lived during "The Era," and has a personal handle on all its intricacies and tales. Roger Kahn's stories of our baseball heroes make me wish I lived during the times when New York had three superb teams. The Yankees, Giants and Dodgers have never been descirbed more precisely, vividly or enjoyably than they are in "The Era."

Kahn's ability to tell stories of baseball men away from the diamond is derived from his close relationships with them. He was friends with Pee Wee Reese. He knows Enos Slaughter. He dined with Leo Durocher. The great part about this book is that Kahn's lucid descriptions make you feel like you know them all too.

If you are a baseball fan you will love "The Era." And if you appreciate great writing you will love Kahn even more.

Start the 2005 baseball season the right way-- read "The Era."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Kahn Stays On Target 3 mai 2014
Par Amit Pieter - Publié sur
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In his endnotes Roger Kahn describes himself as a social historian. From baseball's vantage point, I think he's a very good one. Though not a match for his classic The Boys of Summer, he gives the insider's Inside baseball style that makes him probably the best writer of the sport. It's not a perfect book. At 67% he is just finishing the 1949 World Series and possibly shortchanges the impact of Mays, Mantle and the rise of the Milwaukee Braves. Small criticisms of a book that remains a powerful read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightful immersion in The Era 3 novembre 2013
Par Historken - Publié sur
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Kahn is a skilled writer, and this book immerses one into "the era" and it's delightful. My only criticism is that I don't need a batter by batter description of key games. That can get tedious but it's the exception to the rule. There is a subtle Dodgers bias which this Yankee fan tries to overlook.
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