Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

This Gracious Season: Barry Bonds & The Greatest Year in Baseball Hardcover – March 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0971872905 ISBN-10: 0971872902 Edition: 1ST

10 New from $5.21 30 Used from $0.01 1 Collectible from $149.00
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, March 1, 2002
"Please retry"
$5.21 $0.01
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Winter Pubns; 1ST edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971872902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971872905
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,371,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"(Bonds' record-breaking season is) brought vividly back to life in Josh Suchon's riveting account in This Gracious Season." -- Jon Miller, Voice of the Giants & ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, February 15, 2002

"Josh Suchon smashes a home run of his own in this remarkable book about Barry Bonds." -- Bob Nightengale, USA Today Baseball Weekly, February 20, 2002

"This Gracious Season is a great story." -- Ray Ratto, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, February 12, 2002

From the Publisher

This Gracious Season takes fans through the incredible ride of the 2001 season, from Bonds' motivation as the season begins, to his famous family and their impact on his career. Highlights include:

• The importance of Bonds hitting his record-breaking 73rd homer against all odds

• Bonds’ reaction to his historic 500th career home run and the nine Hall of Famers he passed on the all-time homer list.

• The changes he saw in the fans’ and media’s treatment of him throughout the season.

• The effect of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

• The intense pressure of a pennant race.

• The death threats hovering over his head.

• The passing of a longtime friend late in the season.

• The suspense as opponents refused to pitch to him.

• The bittersweet final weekend of the season.

• The impact his wife and three children had in showing him how to be a loving family man

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JP on June 9, 2003
Verified Purchase
I am quite the Barry Bonds fan, so I looked very forward to reading This Gracious Season. Unfortunately the story was nearly impossible for me to focus on through all of the mis-punctuation, misuse of words, and failed attempts at lace. I think, that Josh Suchon, must have received, a royalty, from every, comma, used.
Yes, the story was a good one. But that has little to do with the author, being as this was a biography. I like that he threw in personal tidbits, but they were drowning in a sea of Josh Suchon's attempts at using a thesaurus, and showing off his ability to look up sports stats. One of my favorite movie lines (paraphrased) is applicable here: Sometimes more isn't better; it's just more.
Barry, I love you. Josh, stick to the papers.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on June 19, 2002
I have recently completed reading This Gracious Season, and I wish the book had no end!! It was great to find and read a sports novel that was not a statistic-laden glossary, one that included all of the elements in and behind the dugout. Not being a tremendous fan of Barry, I have now come to respect him more after knowing of all that went on during his record breaking season.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2002
First, I'll admit I like Barry Bonds. I think he's hounded, and then people are surprised when he lashes out. That's that.
So for the book, I don't think anyone who hates Barry should buy it (why would you?). But for those who like the man, or tolerate him, or want to learn more about him, I'd highly recommend it. I think it is well written and compelling. What I've been surprised about (pleasantly) is that there's a lot more to the book than just Barry Bonds. I've learned a lot about the other players on the team, including those who came and went during the 2001 season, I've learned things about Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and other Giants past, and about the Giants organization in general. I think this has made it a nice read and not just a Barry-Love-Fest as someone else feels. Furthermore, I think the parts about Barry aren't glowing or one-sided. I think most of the details are presented as facts, and there are certainly paragraphs describing some of Barry's more surly moments as well. The prose flows nicely, as does the art of "flashing-back" to other moments in baseball to illuminate Barry's psyche (such as the final moment of the 1991 NLCS)
So, I'd buy it. But again, if you hate the guy, why would you expect to spend [price] and enjoy reading a whole book about Barry Bonds?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Andrea Goodman on March 14, 2002
As I began to read the book, This Gracious Season, by Josh Suchon, my initial reaction was that this was more than I ever wanted to know about baseball - or Barry Bonds, for that matter. But it didn't take long to really get into it as I counted each and every homer and read about all the other records he shattered. The author has an engaging style and a superb way of integrating the past with the present so that by the end of the book the reader has a complete picture of Barry Bonds - the man, the career and the records. I look forward to following Barry Bonds this season, and to another book by Mr. Suchon, in the not too distant future.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2002
Okay, I'll admit it. I DO like Barry Bonds, so I looked forward to reading this book. Was Josh Suchon a Bonds fan? Well if he wasn't when he started, he was by the time he was done!
I think the book was written fairly, without bias, and it was very exciting, moving, and a great read. I knew the outcome, but I couldn't put the book down. And I didn't want it to end.
If you don't like Bonds, don't buy this book. If you are on the fence, you ought to give it a try, because it may change your mind. Suchon did a great job recreating a fabulous season, during a very trying time in our history. I will read this book again and again. Thanks for writing it, Josh!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2002
Verified Purchase
THIS BOOK GIVES YOU A GOOD LOOK AT THE TALENT OF ONE OF THE GREATS IN THE SPORT. MR BONDS IS A VERY UNIQUE TALENT WHO IS A VERY COMPLEX PERSON. HIS HISTORICAL SEASON IS WELL DOCUMENTED AND IT IS DONE WITH GREAT DETAIL AND EFFORT. I SEE MANY SIDES OF BARRY BONDS. THE ONE WHO IS TRYING TO BE MORE FRIENDLY AND AWARE OF OTHER PEOPLE BESIDES HIMSELF AND THE ARROGANT SELF CENTERED PERSON OF YEARS GONE BY. ONE OF THE BEST WRITTEN ABOUT THE HISTORIC SEASON OF THE RECORD SMASHING 73. WELL WORTH READING.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images