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"To writer Roger Kahn, the old Brooklyn Dodgers National League baseball team is a forever a priceless violin and he is the bow which must play upon it. This isn't a book; it's a love affair between a man, his team, and an era." -- Christian Science Monitor
"A work of high purpose and poetic accomplishment. The finest American book on sports. I commend it without qualification." -- James Michener
"Kahn's book is marvelous...a splendid historical work. It is about youthful dreams in small American towns and big cities decades ago, and how some of these dreams where fulfilled, and about what happened to those dreamers after reality and old age arrived. It is also a book about ourselves, those of us who shared and identified with the dreams and glories of our heroes." -- Gay Talese
"Roger Kahn has achieved the near impossible in his The Boys of Summer by writing two splendid books in one, neither of which, strangely enough, is a sports book although baseball is the central theme of both. To Mr. Kahn, 'people' is the name of the game, and it's a game he plays with brilliance, insight and thoughtfulness. To say that I 'enjoyed' the book is to say that winning a World Championship is 'interesting', owing a derby winner 'nice', and starring in the Super Bowl 'fun'." -- Bill Veeck
"What most people look for in a book is a good story. Roger Kahn gives us about fifteen of them woven into one coherent narrative that is moving and funny and sentimental (about people and things that merit sentiment) and cynical (about those that don't)." -- Ring Lardner, Jr.
There may not be too many people left who thrilled with, lived for and died for the 1950's Brooklyn Dodgers, but if that is you, you will find the book to be a great walk down... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jerryreader
Excellent read about a legendary Brooklyn Dodger team that reveals the vulnerabilities and captures the real-world challenges the players faced after they hung up their cleats and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Green
I've heard of this book and was glad to get it. Grew up a Dodger fan (Before the Braves were around). Enjoyed the information on the newspapers of that era.Published 2 months ago by Charles Blair
Since I grew up during those Dodger years of "magic" baseball AND I had a friend (in Philly) who was a rabid Dodger fan while the rest of us rooted hopelessly for the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. dolin
I grew up in the '40s and 50s in the New York City area. I knew Red Barber and listened to most of the Dodger baseball games so all of the names are not only familiar, but in most... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David
Well, this might be one of the longest books I've ever read! Since it was on a very old kindle, I have no idea how many pages it really was. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy
At times I thought I was reading a classic book about the greatest baseball players of all time and then I was branching off into an LSD trip in never land with quotes from great... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe L. Beck
Only for people who think yesterday was more innocent and a golden age of everything.Published 4 months ago by terrence shaw