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Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League Hardcover – April 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803234724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803234727
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr. Pribble makes his adventure into a fascinating tale, full of both difficulties and thrills. Pitching in the Promised Land makes good reading."—Dorothy Seymour Mills, NY Journal of Books
(Dorothy Seymour Mills NY Journal of Books 2011-04-01)

"Aaron Pribble, a former professional baseball player turned schoolteacher, who starred for the Tel Aviv Lightning in the Israel Baseball League's only season, provides readers with a front row seat and his own unvarnished take on the upstart league."—Jonathan Papernick, Jewish Daily Forward
(Jonathan Papernick Jewish Daily Forward 2011-03-30)

"With a writing style that is approachable, warm, effective, and engrossing, Pitching in the Promised Land will likely appeal to both Jewish seamheads and casual fans."—Joshua Platt, Jewish Book World
(Joshua Platt Jewish Book World)

"This is, of course, much more than a baseball story. Pribble relates his romantic involvement, developing bonds of comradeship, and his efforts to consider his own Jewish identity within an Israeli society still striving to resolve its own contradictions. Pribble consistently hits the right notes, conveying his experiences with humor, irony, and a sense of novelty."—Jay Freeman, Booklist
(Jay Freeman Booklist 2011-05-01)

"Pribble tells his story with wit, a little self-deprecating humor, and an eye for detail. . . . It's hard to imagine a better introduction to a far-off land and its age-old conflicts."—James Bailey, Baseball America
(James Bailey Baseball America 2011-04-27)

"[Pitching in the Promised Land] takes us on an interesting and enjoyable jaunt through a unique moment in Israeli and baseball history."—Donald H. Harrison, San Diego Jewish World
(Donald H. Harrison San Diego Jewish World 2011-03-31)

"[Pribble's] is a story of coming of age spiritually and athletically in one short season in the throes of romance, Middle Eastern politics, and the dreams of America's pastime far from home."—Shofar
(Shofar)

About the Author

Aaron Pribble played collegiate baseball at the University of Hawaii then professionally in the Western and Central Baseball Leagues, in France, and in the Israel Baseball League. He has a master's degree in political science and teaches at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California. Aaron lives in San Francisco.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephan Bodian on March 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be a baseball fan or Jewish to enjoy this engaging chronicle of the author's summer playing baseball in Israel. Though the game is a unifying thread that connects the chapters, it's really a backdrop for some amusing and perspicacious anecdotes about multiculturalism, Arab-Israeli relations, the situation in Palestine, and how difficult it can be to implant a sport from scratch in a country that has no real history playing it. With excellent writing throughout, and laugh-out-loud funny at times, this book is a light-hearted complement to all those weighty tomes about the current situation in Israel. If we could all just play ball together, the world would be a much happier place!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ari Alexenberg on March 8, 2011
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Pitching in the Promised Land is well written and entertaining account of the events that transpire when a professional baseball league is introduced into a complex soccer loving democracy within a difficult region of the world. Now add to the mix baseball players of varied ages and abilities emanating from nine countries around the world. The author weaves together love, friendship, politics, competitive baseball and life altering decisions into an elegant easy to read story. It is about an extraordinary adventure and the book enables the reader to join in the journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ramona Burich on March 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this incredible book in two days. Its so well written and a great story. I usually don't read books about sports, but this one had a sweet story that went along with it too. Mr. Pribble incorporates news articles to tell you exactly what was happened on certain days and makes this coincide with his story. Its very well done. I would recommend everyone read it.
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Format: Paperback
As I write this I am aware that there is another movement going on in Eretz Yisrael at this time to try to bring baseball to the promised land.
This book looks at the first such experiment, the players that played in the league and what went wrong. Pribble was a teacher who left his job to give professional baseball one last shot and in doing so was able to connect with his Jewish roots and spend an unforgettable summer in Israel.
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By Evan Galatz on February 6, 2014
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As a huge baseball fan and a zionist I loved the idea of this book. I loved the idea behind it too, and I really am not a big reader. I read this book over the course of 2 Shabbosim, and it went pretty quickly.

The book was cool because you really get the behind the scenes stories. Its just as much about the game as it is the disaster that was the IBL. While reading it I could picture everything he was saying.

Definitely worth a read
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