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Will, to be sure, is an elegant writer, a little verbose at times, but dependably knowledgeable, stirringly erudite, thoughtfully opinionated, and, here and there, delightfully personal--as in the volume's leadoff hitter in which he traces his own conservative principles to growing up a Cub fan. His lineup continues with a breezy ode to Louisville Sluggers; encomiums to Casey Stengel, Camden Yards, Ripken, Gwynn, and Curt Flood; a startling about-face on the DH; an early homage to statsmeister Bill James; and indictments on the selfishness of Ted Williams, the callousness of the owners in labor- and fan-relations, and the sordid personalities of Pete Rose and Billy Martin. The volume ends with a pair of doubles in the form of larger essays on Jon Miller and the distinctive craft of broadcasting, and a concluding one on the state of the game.
"Baseball," Will observes, "is a habit. The slowly rising crescendo of each game, the rhythm of the long season--these are the essentials and they are remarkably unchanged over nearly a century and a half. Of how many American institutions can that be said?" The answer, of course, is not many, which is why Bunts provides a necessary and pleasing public service. --Jeff Silverman
George Will proves once again he is a master at describing the ins and outs of the National Pastime. Few authors have as much knowledge regarding the game's pastPublished 8 months ago by Dee Kaiser
I like this take on some of the issuesin baseball's past. Will's take onPete Rose, and curt flood are interesting to hear. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert A. Raymond
No the story isn't a foul ball, but fouling on the third strike with a bunt is an out. George F. Will is not what you'd expect in an author about baseball; his take on national... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Karen Kee
At first, one may think of George Will as only a very well educated political columnist, and indeed, that is true. Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Munseyflora
Those who read political and social commentator George Will know that he is an avid baseball fan. "Bunts" contains Will's writings concerning our national pastime from 1974 to... Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Eric Mayforth
While George Will's political opinions are often subject to my snorts of derision, his feelings about baseball are beyond reproach. Read morePublished on November 23, 2006 by Charles Ashbacher
George Will brings his flowing if slightly verbose style to the issue of baseball. The book is a collection of newspaper columns and some essays concerning the state of baseball... Read morePublished on January 29, 2006 by K.A.Goldberg
This book contains more than 70 articles written about baseball by George Will between 1974 and 1997. Read morePublished on August 22, 2004 by Z. Blume
My grandfather taught me never to trust a man who wears a bow-tie, but I have to give George Will credit for his deep knowledge of the sport (which never bogs down into pedantry)... Read morePublished on July 16, 2002 by Eric Krupin