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Pretty cover and pictures, but disappointing as a read
on May 29, 2012
As a hardcore Angels fan with a deep appreciation for baseball history, I was stoked to hear that the Angels were releasing an official book about their history. The book is pretty to look at, no doubt, but I regret to say that I was pretty disappointed with the overall product.
On the whole, there is lack of in-depth content, and the book definitely appeals more to the casual fan than to someone who is looking to really learn about the team's history. In my opinion, the book focuses too much on Angel successes and doesn't bring enough coverage to the rough times that this franchise surely endured. Sure, it's always nice to hear about the several winning seasons the franchise had, but it probably would be a lot better to read about a complete overall history since this is the team's official history book as they would like to call it.
The numerous interviews with Angel greats every third page or so are also pretty uninteresting. Basically, they are short snippets of the interviewed player praising his teammates or the Angels team on which he played. These snippets get dull pretty quickly. Having already read many of the books written on the Angel franchise, I really didn't learn a whole lot from reading this book.
Overall, it wouldn't be a bad gift for a young Angels fan, or nice eye candy for bookshelves of a hardcore Angels follower. But if you are looking to truly learn something about the Angels franchise, I would recommend looking at the Ross Newhan books on the Angels instead.