The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (Paperback)

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Where Nobody Knows Your Name by John Feinstein. This is a great read whether you love baseball or not. John Feinstein (whom you might know from his sports reporting on NPR) takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the life of the people inhabiting baseball's minor leagues. This is definitely not the world of the major leagues that we're all familiar with - a world inhabited by millionaire players, billionaire owners, private jets, and high-end hotels. Players, managers, umpires - everyone living in the little-known world of the minor leagues - know a life of long bus rides, low pay, and anonymity, hoping for that one chance to make it big in the majors. Many won't, and Feinstein weaves a lively narrative through the lives of these characters - a few you know, and most you probably will never hear of outside of the pages of this great book.  

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"Remarkable...a richly detailed, affecting account...Giridharadas seeks less to uplift than illuminate...Which of these men is the '"true American'" of the title? That there is no simple answer to that question is Giridharadas's finest accomplishment." --Ayad Akhtar, New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393350791
ISBN-10: 0393350797
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 6th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English