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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

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
game out.

"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 enjoy.

"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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About the Author:

Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

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