April 27, 2014

Tim Wendel spoke about his book, Down to the Last Pitch: How the 1991 Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves Gave Us the Best World Series of All Time, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Never before in baseball history had a team finished last and rallied to take the pennant the following season. Yet in 1991, lightning struck twice as the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves both reached the World Series. The remarkable turnarounds resulted in arguably the greatest Fall Classic of all time. Four of the games between the Twins and Braves were settled by "walk-off" runs. Three of them, including the climactic Game Seven, went into extra innings. And all seven games had memorable moments--from close plays at the plate to base-running blunders to pitching gems to dramatic late-inning home runs.


In Down to the Last Pitch, award-winning writer Tim Wendel brings to life these seven memorable games, weaving contemporary interviews with discussions decades later about this classic World Series, and teasing out fact from legend. When the final out was recorded in 1991, the cover headline in "Baseball Weekly" read, "BEST WORLD SERIES EVER?" While that can always be debated, what happened inside and outside the lines in 1991 continues to resonate today.


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ISBN: 9780306823749
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Da Capo Press - March 31st, 2015

November 26, 2013

Nicholas Dawidoff spoke about his book, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, with Matthew Klam, author of Sam the Cat and Other Stories, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

We watch football every Sunday, but we don't really see it. By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff explored the game in such an intimate way that he can now put you right inside the NFL. Collision Low Crossers is a story that is part Paper Lion and part Moneyball, part Friday Night Lights and part The Office. In this absorbing, funny, and vividly written narrative, he describes the Combine, the draft, the practices, the strategy meetings, all while thinking deeply about such fundamental truths and the nature of success and disappointment in a massive and stressful collective endeavor.

Most of what happens in today's NFL takes place at team facilities, walled off from fans and, until now, from writers. The New York Jets issued Dawidoff a security code, a locker, and a desk in the scouting department: for an entire year he lived with the team, from early-morning quarterback meetings to edgy late-night conversations. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and non-fans alike.

Here is football in many faces: the Jets' polarizing, brilliant, and hilarious head coach, Rex Ryan; the general manager, whose job is to support (and suppress) the irrepressible Ryan; the defensive coaches and their in-house rivals, the offensive coaches; players like the incomparable All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis and the young, erratic quarterback Mark Sanchez. Wise safeties, brooding linebackers, high-strung cornerbacks, enthusiastic rookies, and even a well-read nose tackle create a full portrait of obsessed men at work.

Dawidoff has written the book of depth and feeling that football has long deserved, one that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.

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ISBN: 9780316196789
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 9th, 2014

August 23, 2013

Dave Sheinin spoke about his book, RG3: The Promise, at Politics & Prose on Friday, August 23, 2013.

Sheinin, Washington Post features and sports writer, has followed Robert Griffin III since the athlete’s college days. His book recounts the quarterback’s transition from collegiate to professional sports and focuses on this local hero’s role in leading the Redskins to a successful season.

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ISBN: 9780142181133
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Plume Books - August 26th, 2014