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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aventine Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593306644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593306649
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,696,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Scanlon is perhaps the quintessential baby boomer, born in 1947. He enjoys writing, with much nostalgia, of growing up in the pre-Reagan, pre-personal computer, pre-cellular telephone, pre-ATM machine era. He has spent more than forty years in Washington, D.C. involved politics, government, and the corporate world as a lobbyist, marketing and communications executive. These days he serves as president & CEO of a national trade association. He spends his free time golfing and writing on Hilton Head Island, SC.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Vance on June 30, 2010
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The Best Good Time

What a fabulous read! I laughed out loud so many times that people at the pool kept coming and asking me what I was reading. The Best Good Time is one of the best written and entertaining books I have read in a long, long time. Pure fun and great stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lurch on July 6, 2010
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In the interest of transparency I will admit to being a fraternity brother of Mike Scanlon back in the day. Yes it was at "John Snapper University" also.
Mike has written a thoroughly enjoyable first novel about a little known and barely explored topic. It is difficult, nay impossible to find a novel concerning baby boomers who are relatively well adjusted men who are not from dysfunctional families with drunken fathers who beat their kids and wives.
Mike has taken a slice of life that is not marred by the angst of childish semi adults who bemoan their status and future.
B.J. and Mark actually like people and each other and have a wide circle of friends and aquaintances who actually find pleasure in each other's company with no ulterior motive. The tale is laden with rich detail about the places they visited and details of the cultural events,political,social and athletic that colored that period.
While Mike's vernacular is loaded with phrases that may be more reminiscent of Ward Cleaver or the Thin Man than the 1970s i.e" a well turned ankle and packing a rod" it is still a pleasant read thankfully devoid of unnecessary profanity or sexual details that while trying to be erotic usually have the distinction of being bizarrely counterproductive to their intent.
So if, in particular you graduated from college in the 60s or early 70s, and want a casual book to bring back some of the more pleasant memories of friendships past and songs and events lost to your memory pick this book up. You won't be disappointed. Oh by the way Mike what type of radio was in that Porsche anyway?
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Having just finished 'Atlas Shrugged'(emphasis on 'ugged'), depressed with the ineptitude of Capital Hill, my head 'spinning' from all of the 'no spin' political tripe on radio and tv both before and after the election, I reached for 'Best Good Time'. My timing couldn't have been better. God bless Mark and B.J. for pulling me out of my pessimistic state brought on by Washington at its worst. BGT is REAL LIFE with all of it's spontaneity, humor, and caring. Thank you, 'Scanlon', for this treat. I highly recommend it to everyone. (Honestly, at page one of the book, I didn't expect to be writing this!)
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By George Leon on September 26, 2010
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The Best Good Time was my late-summer beach-house reading and oh, what fun! Anyone who was a young adult in the '70s can't help but see a little bit of B.J. and Mark in their old friends and even themselves. And I think we can all relate to some of the predicaments they found themselves in. This book is a fast, fun read that evokes laughter, memories and some introspection. Great novel, Mike!
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