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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843958383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843958386
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Boulden on January 10, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Win MacNaughton is an aging--99 years old--former baseball player, umpire, and coach, who is invited to attend the 1946 World Series by The Sporting News. A reporter asks him how he thinks the two participating teams--the Red Sox and the Cardinals--compare to the best team he has ever seen. Win doesn't hesitate, and quickly names two teams.

"`Easy' I said. "Mr. Lincoln's Hirelings and the Ford City Gallinippers. Played one game at Camp Ford, Texas."

The reporter gave Win a confused look and walked away. He didn't mention either of the teams in the newspaper the next day, and Win MacNaughton spends the rest of Johnny D. Boggs' CAMP FORD explaining his answer. He begins his story as a boy in Rhode Island where he is introduced to the game that would shape his life. His moves with his parents down to Jacksboro, Texas, where his father gets involved with the anti-slavery movement, and then when the Civil War breaks out, his parents take him back North where, in 1863 he joins the 3rd Rhode Island Cavalry.

It isn't long before Win finds himself a prisoner of war at Camp Ford, Texas. And life in that place is hard, cruel, and surprisingly filled with talk and love of baseball--even the Southerners are learning the game.

CAMP FORD won the Spur Award for best novel in 2005, and it is the best Western novel I have read in a long time. Mr. Boggs adroitly weaves two storylines--the aged Win MacNaughton watching the 1946 World Series in St. Louis, and Win MacNaughton as a boy growing up in a changing and violent time with the new game of baseball. The prisoner of war scenes are harsh and realistic with vivid descriptions of the place, the characters, and, most importantly, the inner thoughts of MacNaughton as he tries to survive captivity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Crider on July 23, 2011
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Baseball and a Confederate prison camp? Who'd have thought that combination would work so well. This is a highly entertaining novel that baseball fans, western readers, and just about anybody will enjoy. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C-Man on July 12, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and I didn't want it to end. It was an excellent mix of Civil War and Baseball history with great characters. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas P. Keller on January 20, 2008
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This is an excellent story revolving around Camp Ford, a confederate prison. Lots of reference to early base ball. Very well written and an enjoyable story.
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More About the Author

Johnny D. Boggs has worked cattle, been bucked off horses (breaking two ribs last time), shot rapids in a canoe, hiked across mountains and deserts, traipsed around ghost towns, and spent hours poring over microfilm in library archives -- all in the name of finding a good story. He was won six Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, a Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and has been called by Booklist magazine "among the best western writers at work today." He also writes for numerous magazines, including True West, Wild West, Boys' Life and Western Art & Architecture, speaks and lectures often, studies old movies (Westerns and film noir) and even finds time to coach Little League. A native of South Carolina and former newspaper journalist, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and son. His website is www.johnnydboggs.com.

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