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Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos [Format Kindle]

Jonah Keri

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Revue de presse

   • "One part history, one part local legend, one part eulogy, and one part letter to a lost love. The Montreal Expos deserved a book, and they deserved this book." National Post 

   • "[A] book that does full justice to the Expos' remarkable story." Ottawa Citizen 

   • "Surehanded and well-presented, even as the pages vibrate with a fan's rage and sadness." Edmonton Journal

Présentation de l'éditeur

The definitive history of the Montreal Expos by the definitive Expos fan, the New York Times bestselling sportswriter and Grantland columnist Jonah Keri.
     2014 is the 20th anniversary of the strike that killed baseball in Montreal, and the 10th anniversary of the team's move to Washington, DC. But the memories aren't dead--not by a long shot. The Expos pinwheel cap is still sported by Montrealers, former fans, and by many more in the US and Canada as a fashion item. Expos loyalists are still spotted at Blue Jays games and wherever the Washington Nationals play (often cheering against them). Every year there are rumours that Montreal--as North America's largest market without a baseball team--could host Major League Baseball again.
     There has never been a major English-language book on the entire franchise history. There also hasn't been a sportswriter as uniquely qualified to tell the whole story, and to make it appeal to baseball fans across Canada AND south of the border. Jonah Keri writes the chief baseball column for Grantland, and routinely makes appearances in Canadian media such as The Jeff Blair Show, Prime Time Sports and Off the Record. The author of the New York Times baseball bestseller The Extra 2% (Ballantine/ESPN Books), Keri is one of the new generation of high-profile sports writers equally facile with sabermetrics and traditional baseball reporting. He has interviewed everyone for this book (EVERYONE: including the ownership that allowed the team to be moved), and fans can expect to hear from just about every player and personality from the Expos' unforgettable 35 years in baseball. Up, Up, and Away is already one of the most anticipated sports books of next year.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 7082 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : Random House Canada (25 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00F8F0JNU
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Finished in a day... great book! 26 mars 2014
Par David McLain - Publié sur
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I'm a fan of Jonah Keri's writing at Grantland. His previous book, "The Extra 2%" was also fantastic. I'm always a little suspect, though, of books written by unabashed fans of the subject they are writing about. However, this was a great piece of writing, a very fair and accurate account of the success and ultimate failure of the Expos franchise, with minimal cheer-leading. When I received my copy this morning, and immediately saw a picture of my favorite player of all-time milking a cow, I knew it was going to be great. And it was. I finished in about 13 hours, and now I'm sad it's over. You don't have to be an Expos fan to appreciate this book, any baseball fan will surely enjoy the story. It's truly unlike any other in sports history.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Better luck with the Raines biography... 7 juillet 2014
Par Sam Green - Publié sur
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I haven't read Jonah's other book, but I enjoy his Grantland writing. I found this book to be disappointing. It's a generic overview at best, trying to cram around four decades of history into less than 400 pages. He would have been better off focusing on the 1981 Expos, the 1994 Expos, or attempting another combination sports/business book, this time on the 1994 strike or the 2004 move to Washington. Or he could have gone with a Tim Raines or Gary Carter biography. He interviewed almost all the key players but it doesn't really show on the page. Perhaps Jonah's talents are more on the analytics side, not in writing engaging histories or rich character sketches. A quick, easy read, which is exactly the problem. Also: no mention of Razor Shines.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Instant Baseball Classic 27 mars 2014
Par Kevin - Publié sur
A great book on the history of one of the most under-appreciated and unique teams in all of sports. Keri, despite obvious Montreal ties, presents a very objective view of Nos Amours, not blaming any single source for the team's ultimate departure for Washington, DC in 2004. It presents the stories in a way any person, baseball fan or not, can understand, and presents stories that can seemingly transcend that world as well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic! 16 avril 2014
Par Scott Goodale - Publié sur
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I have been looking forward to this book since I first found out about it. It didn't disappoint! While any baseball fan would enjoy this book, it really is a must read for any Expos fan. I grew up with the Expos and the book brought back many memories. There are also a plethora of stories I didn't know anything about such as the Expos pursuit of Reggie Jackson before he signed with the Yankees. While some thought since the author was a fan growing up it would take on the slant of homerism, the book does not read that way. In fact, reading Jonah Keri's accounts of going to Expos games add to the book. There are some fun stories about The Maple Ridge Boys that really are a treat.

If anything, the book left me thirsting for more on the Expos. Several books are cited as sources in Up, Up & Away and I have purchased one, and will be getting others.

I denvoured this book - it doesn't seem like a 400 page book because it reads so fast. Once I read the last page and put it down, I was struck with a feeling of sadness, almost as if I lost the team to MLB/Washington all over again. Granted, I grew up an Expos fan so I have a close association with this book, but it honestly is one of the top 5 baseball books I have ever read. I have been trying to read Jonah Keri's other work in my free time and plan on checking out "The Extra 2%" at some point in the future.However, next up for those perhaps unfamiliar with Canadian Danny Gallagher's writing is "Ecstasy to Agony: The Story of the 1994 Montreal Expos."

In closing, if you love baseball and great writing - read this book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic and nostalgic read about Nos Amours 2 avril 2014
Par Andrew Kensley - Publié sur
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Up, Up and Away is a must read for any sports fan. It's a fast paced read (finished it in 3 days) compete with colorful anecdotes and sidebars, entertaining, enlightening, heartwarming (and tear jerking, at least for me, another old Expo fan) stories, told through the honest and (mostly) objective eyes of a seasoned sportswriter. It encapsulates perfectly the history of the Montreal Expos with a unique and forthright perspective. I learned more than I ever thought I would. Keri's storytelling skills and command of language match his considerable knowledge of both baseball and business. He seamlessly melds his roles as unabashed fan and dedicated reporter and researcher to piece together a chunk of baseball history that most casual fans (and even the die-hards) would have otherwise known nothing about. I particularly loved the treasure trove of quotes from all—and I do mean ALL—the important people who helped make Expos history what it was, and their honesty in their interviews. Keri obviously dove into this project with more at stake than selling a few books. His passion for the truth and reliving nostalgia most certainly led him to create a work that will stand for many years as the go-to book for any true baseball fan. The book alternates seamlessly between recounting facts and subtly opining, not a typical stance for most reporters. But that's where this book stands out: Keri never comes off as arrogant or a blowhard or a whiner, because he speaks from the heart, as do his interviewees who obviously provided a lot of personal information. (I wish Gary Carter were alive to read this.) Up, Up and Away was, at times, akin to a love letter or a eulogy, and with good reason. As anyone who's lost a friend or family member will attest, the best way to feel better about the loss is to reminisce and remember. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry. But the memories live on. Long live the Maple Ridge Boys. And Youppi!
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