Dickson, whose more than 40 books include several baseball titles, returns to the national pastime with a thoroughly researched account of the game's idiosyncratic forms of communication. As hard as it is to unearth fresh information about such a richly documented sport, Dickson has plenty of new stories and details. Who knew, for example, that the savvy Ty Cobb would often tip his hand, giving opponents an idea of when he planned to bunt or steal a base? And who had any idea that the Chicago White Sox 1959 pennant drive was aided by sign stealing from the center-field scoreboard? Anyone who has ever played or coached youth baseball or paid close attention to the third-base coach at a big-league game will appreciate the author's guided tour through the history of diamond sign language. Dickson is a fine storyteller, and his latest book is a welcome addition to the rich canon of baseball literature. Kevin Canfield
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Paul Dickson is the author of more than 40 books. Both his first book, Think Tanks (1971), and his most recent, Sputnik: The Shock of the Century (Walker & Company, 2001), were born of his first love-investigative journalism-and examine the forces that have shaped the way we live in the information age. He has also written books about many of the other wide-ranging subjects that intrigue him, including the English language, baseball, history, Americana, and the maxims and "rules" of everyday life.
Long-fascinated by space and the Cold War, Dickson says of Sputnik, "I think this is the story I was meant to tell. In a very real sense, I am an eyewitness to some of Sputnik's most memorable influences on the West. As a teen, I watched Sputnik, enthralled by the adventure of the space race. As a young man, I was a cold-warrior forced into uniform by the building of the Berlin Wall and I was stationed on a ship supporting the recovery of U.S. astronauts from splashdown. Later, I worked as a reporter covering the Gemini and Apollo missions for Electronics magazine. I have long collected material on Sputnik's impact on realms as diverse as industrial design and civil rights. Over the years I have thought about its impact on my generation and those that followed and toyed with alternative scenarios in which the United States and not the Soviet Union was first into space."
After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1961, Dickson joined the U.S. Navy and later worked as a reporter for McGraw-Hill Publications. Since 1968, he has been a full-time freelance writer, contributing articles to various magazines and newspapers, including Smithsonian, Esquire, The Nation, Town & Country, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He received a University Fellowship for reporters from the American Political Science Association for Think Tanks. For his book The Electronic Battlefield (1976), about the impact automatic weapons systems have had on modern warfare, he received a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to support his efforts to get certain Pentagon files declassified. A founder and former president of Washington Independent Writers, he is also a contributing editor at Washingtonian magazine and a consulting editor at Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Dickson lives in Garrett Park, Maryland, with his wife, Nancy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is an interesting book but it's not what I expected. Somehow, I was expecting to see lots of examples of how the signs are used between manager, catcher, pitcher, and the... Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by John P. Robinett
Ive enjoyed baseball since I was a kid living in the Boston area. I lived very close to the then Braves Field, and a long walk, or trolley ride to Fenway.
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This is so tiresome. I guess the author and publisher feel they have made enough money so they don't have to bother trying to sell it in other countries.Published on May 12, 2012 by Neil Lindholm
Book came in a timely matter. It was packaged well and was like new. I love books about baseball and I think this is a good read.Published on September 18, 2011 by batgirl4evr
Totally love this Book. For the casual fan, it's very revealing. For the rabid fan, it,s still fun.Published on September 18, 2010 by Michael P. Pisoni
This is a fantastic book for baseball lovers. My son is in high school and just loved it!Published on June 7, 2010 by R. B. Bishop