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Cavaliere is at his dynamic best when he’s debunking the so-called “great man” theory of history, which maintains that the actions of major historical figures dominate the course of human events. Not so, Cavaliere insists. The lives of individual human beings are shaped by economics, demographics and technological change. These sweeping forces are beyond the control, and often the understanding, of ordinary people.
And yet his own life seems to show just the opposite. Indeed, Cavaliere’s twitchy impatience for political correctness and restless philandering lead to the unraveling of his career and his marriage. A part-time job coaching an underdog basketball team helps Cavaliere to confront his own shortcomings and begin to see that, although he is anything but a great man, he is, nevertheless, the master of his own fate.
With a rapist wit and a keen sense of pacing and dialogue, Dan Greenstone brings Cavalier and friends to life in this entertaining and thoughtful novel. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by James Flusterdam
A great first novel by Daniel Greenstone. Charming and insightful, it shows us the complexities of what it means to be a high school teacher (it is just as much a job of learning... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Dr Penner
While George may have held fiercely to his Theory of Great Men, this insightful first novel demonstrates what happens when life surprises us. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by C. Aronoff