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These books are not in order according to topic. These are just some books that I found interesting. Updated May 3, 1999.

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bookcover BASEBALL: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Ken Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward (Contributor)
$28.00 Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 469pp Publisher: Knopf Alfred A Pub. Date: August 1996
A magnificent, exhaustively researched chronicle in words and pictures of our nation's pastime, and how it came to be what it is. In their analysis and celebration of baseball's evolution over 150 years from a game played on vacant city lots in front of a few lookers-on to present-day contests in domed stadia with television audiences approaching one billion, Ward and Burns (The Civil War, 1990) divide the sport's history into nine sections (or innings), each with accompanying essays by such notable writers as Gerald Early, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and George Will. Perhaps most noteworthy is this volume's ability to examine the game while remaining blessedly free from the overanalysis and intellectualization that are common to such comprehensive studies. To wit: Babe Ruth is seen not so much as a lens through which a historical era can be studied, but as a great player whose accomplishments helped alter millions of fans' connection to the game. Also worthy of high praise is the straightforward depiction of black players' exclusion, stemming from an unwritten agreement among team owners, during the period spanning from the late 1800s until 1947.

bookcover THE BOOK OF VIRTUES: A TREASURY OF GREAT MORAL STORIES by William J. Bennett (Editor)
$12.80 Paperback - 832 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Trade Pub. Date: August 1996 Edition Desc: 1 TOUCHSTO
In The Book of Virtues, the author has collected hundreds of stories in an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character and help adults teach them.

bookcover DAVID BRINKLY: A MEMOIR by David Brinkley
$20.00 Format: Paperback - LARGE PRINT BOOK, 560pp Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated Pub. Date: October 1995
The subtitle of David Brinkley's engaging, if idiosyncratic, memoir suggests both the range f the book's contents and its wry tone: 11 Presidents, 4 Wars, 22 Political Conventions, 1 Moon Landing, 3 Assassinations, 2,000 Weeks of News and Other Stuff on Television and 18 years of growing up in North Carolina. This is not so much an autobiography as a loosely organized collection of anecdotes and ruminations, and because its spare prose reproduces the distinctive cadences of Brinkley's speaking voice (is it possible to hear his name and not bring that voice to mind?) reading the book is like spending the evening in the company of an amiable, accomplished storyteller.

bookcover THE CENTURY by Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster
$30.00 Format: Hardcover, 624pp. Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Incorporated Pub. Date: November 1998
TV tie-in, TV coauthor: these don't guarantee a book will circulate, but this lavishly illustrated survey of the twentieth century--coauthored by ABC News anchor and senior editor Jennings and longtime Life reporter (now contributing editor) Brewster--should attract attention in most libraries. A companion book to 27 hours of television to be broadcast on ABC or the History Channel early next year, The Century's most notable elements are more than 500 carefully selected color and black-and-white photos--not the same old shots we've seen a thousand times--and dozens of descriptions of historical events (excerpts from the TV series' interviews) by people who lived through them. This is a highly "Americentric" vision of the twentieth century; the authors note that, "in determining what to include from the international scene," they asked, "Are Americans different because it happened? Did Americans care?"

bookcover THE CIVIL WAR: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns
$52.50 Hardcover - 425 pages (September 1990)
This magnificent pictorial history portrays the Civil War as never before, from the events leading to the firing of the first shot at Fort Sumter, through the battles at Shiloh and Gettysburg, the siege of Vicksburg, Sherman's march to the sea, and Lee's surrender at Appomattox. 500 photos. 1 map, suitable for framing

bookcover THE DEATH OF OUTRAGE: BILL CLINTON AND THE ASSAULT ON AMERICAN IDEALS by William J. Bennett
14.00 Hardcover - 160 pages (October 1998)
This book supports justice and truth in this country. Mr. Bennett communicates his views in a professional, rational and thoughtful manner. He is a person worthy of respect and admiration. If justice prevails, we will all benefit. If justice does not, we will all suffer as we have been over this past year. An important fallacy of the Clinton crew that Mr. Bennett pointed out in this book is this - You can say you are for women in general and then treat women in particular poorly. The truth in this book is inspiring. I strongly recommend this book - especially to parents. You will feel glad to know there is someone as passionate and gifted working for our current and future collective moral health. We must assist in this endeavor. Let's do all we can to promote the well-being of our society, by standing up for what is crucial to its survival - TRUTH, DECENCY, LAW, HONOR, KINDNESS AND COURAGE.

bookcover SLOUCHING TOWARDS GOMORRAH: MODERN LIBERALISM AND AMERICAN DECLINE by Robert H. Bork
11.20 Paperback - 400 pages Reprint edition (June 1997)
Chapter by chapter, Slouching Towards Gomorrah methodically takes us through the sectors of our experience which have been infected by the excesses of post-1960s liberalism: from popular culture to crime, illegitimacy, the welfare system, abortion, euthanasia, sexuality and sexual roles, race, intelligence, religion, and morality. On each of these topics Bork brings to bear an astonishing range of information and argument.

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