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“Remember Peckinpah’s western ‘The Wild Bunch’ debuted in theaters the same year (1969) as ‘The Brady Bunch’ debuted on TV. The country had a nice divide going in, and this is a great piece of sports history that takes the World Series many consider among the greatest fall classics of all time and contextualizes it within the way sportswriters at the time indeed discussed it. The traditional conservative Cardinals vs. the angry young men of the A’s. But we get more than that. We get a look at baseball, a constantly evolving game—I love the deadball era—at another crossroads where baseball’s old hand gambits were still in play, steroids were non-existent, and the new science of the game had not yet made every game three hours plus. This was a fast game with colorful personalities, that’ll send you looking for a nice blu-ray of the series. (Good luck with that.)” –Charles (Amazon 5/1/2016)
“DODGERLAND by Michael Fallon is study of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the community around them in 1977-1978. Fallon uses writer Thomas Wolfe, small business owner Tom Fallon, Mayor Tom Bradley, and a plethora of other socially impactful people and events to paint the picture of struggle, rebellion, and malaise that was the late 1970’s in Los Angeles. I am drawn to a good sports book that follows a team and really digs into who they are, how they do and don’t work together, and how the outside world of the time looks at them. Fallon has done all of that and very well; I learned so much about the Dodgers players and the Dodgers organization, with it’s one of a kind history. However, Fallon goes so much farther into how events, big and small, created the true feelings of the LA society in 1977-1978 and how those feelings affected the Dodgers organizations. Fallon ties the events together and always brings the reader back to the Dodgers, but I really felt dropped into Los Angeles in 1977-1978 and I really saw how Los Angeles was still evolving and finding itself and wasn’t just sunny Hollywood with surfers and celebrities everywhere. An epic recreation of the time and while the launching point of the whole book is the Dodgers, I think anyone wanting to read about the Dodgers, the 1970’s. Los Angeles would enjoy this book.” –Edwin (Goodreads 5/31/2016)
“This book kept my attention all the way to the end. The author explains why an insane asylum just for American Indians was built, and how it remained open for over twenty years despite constant complaints and negative reports by inspectors. The author was fair, though, explaining how insanity was viewed and treated so long ago and why certain actions were tolerated. Patients at the asylum were never examined by a medical doctor before admittance and received no treatment while they lived there. I was glad to read, though, that there were white people who tried to get the some of the patients released (only a few succeeded). At the end of the book, there are lists of patients who were at the asylum, buried on the grounds, and transferred to St. Elizabeth’s when the Canton Asylum closed. This information will be helpful to genealogists. Vanished in Hiawatha should be in libraries.” –Angela (Amazon 6/2/2016)
“I was a close friend of Irwin Klein and after his death did my best to collect his photographs and present them to museums. The hard work of Benjamin and Nikolai Klein has now made one set of his photos accessible to photographers, scholars, and the general public. The University Press of Nebraska has issued a beautiful book with eighty large photos—there was no skimping here. Prof. Benjamin Klein has provided an excellent, well documented, scholarly analysis of social movements like that depicted here, with numerous suggestions for further reading.” –SK (Amazon 6/7/2016)