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Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos Hardcover – March 25, 2014


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307361357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307361356
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A special book that gives an underappreciated time and place in baseball its due.”
—Tim Raines
 
“In Up, Up & Away, Jonah Keri has produced a book that is one part history, one part local legend, one part eulogy, and one part letter to a lost love. The Montreal Expos deserved a book, and they deserved this book.”
—Bruce Arthur, national sports columnist, National Post

“Long gone but it seems like only yesterday. A certain charm attaches to bygone ballparks and ball clubs: Ebbets Field, the St. Louis Browns, the Seattle Pilots—supply your own favorite ghost. But for me, the franchise with the most romance about it is the Montreal Expos. Jonah Keri pays tribute, tells tales, spills beans, and wakes the echoes in this glorious grand chelem of a book.”
—John Thorn, Official Historian, Major League Baseball

About the Author

  JONAH KERI is a writer for Grantland.com and a contributor to ESPN's Baseball Tonight. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First and the co-author of Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong. He has previously contributed to ESPN.com, SI.com, Baseball Prospectus, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and wrote the flagship stock market column for Investor's Business Daily.

Customer Reviews

While any baseball fan would enjoy this book, it really is a must read for any Expos fan.
Scott Goodale
The book is obviously written by a fan and not a detached observer, but his fanship is not overdone.
JJ Writer
For baseball fans, it's a well written chronicle of one of the sport's most colourful franchises.
Arjun Basu

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David McLain on March 25, 2014
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I'm a fan of Jonah Keri's writing at Grantland. His previous book, "The Extra 2%" was also fantastic. I'm always a little suspect, though, of books written by unabashed fans of the subject they are writing about. However, this was a great piece of writing, a very fair and accurate account of the success and ultimate failure of the Expos franchise, with minimal cheer-leading. When I received my copy this morning, and immediately saw a picture of my favorite player of all-time milking a cow, I knew it was going to be great. And it was. I finished in about 13 hours, and now I'm sad it's over. You don't have to be an Expos fan to appreciate this book, any baseball fan will surely enjoy the story. It's truly unlike any other in sports history.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam Green on July 7, 2014
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I haven't read Jonah's other book, but I enjoy his Grantland writing. I found this book to be disappointing. It's a generic overview at best, trying to cram around four decades of history into less than 400 pages. He would have been better off focusing on the 1981 Expos, the 1994 Expos, or attempting another combination sports/business book, this time on the 1994 strike or the 2004 move to Washington. Or he could have gone with a Tim Raines or Gary Carter biography. He interviewed almost all the key players but it doesn't really show on the page. Perhaps Jonah's talents are more on the analytics side, not in writing engaging histories or rich character sketches. A quick, easy read, which is exactly the problem. Also: no mention of Razor Shines.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on March 27, 2014
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A great book on the history of one of the most under-appreciated and unique teams in all of sports. Keri, despite obvious Montreal ties, presents a very objective view of Nos Amours, not blaming any single source for the team's ultimate departure for Washington, DC in 2004. It presents the stories in a way any person, baseball fan or not, can understand, and presents stories that can seemingly transcend that world as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Goodale on April 16, 2014
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I have been looking forward to this book since I first found out about it. It didn't disappoint! While any baseball fan would enjoy this book, it really is a must read for any Expos fan. I grew up with the Expos and the book brought back many memories. There are also a plethora of stories I didn't know anything about such as the Expos pursuit of Reggie Jackson before he signed with the Yankees. While some thought since the author was a fan growing up it would take on the slant of homerism, the book does not read that way. In fact, reading Jonah Keri's accounts of going to Expos games add to the book. There are some fun stories about The Maple Ridge Boys that really are a treat.

If anything, the book left me thirsting for more on the Expos. Several books are cited as sources in Up, Up & Away and I have purchased one, and will be getting others.

I denvoured this book - it doesn't seem like a 400 page book because it reads so fast. Once I read the last page and put it down, I was struck with a feeling of sadness, almost as if I lost the team to MLB/Washington all over again. Granted, I grew up an Expos fan so I have a close association with this book, but it honestly is one of the top 5 baseball books I have ever read. I have been trying to read Jonah Keri's other work in my free time and plan on checking out "The Extra 2%" at some point in the future.However, next up for those perhaps unfamiliar with Canadian Danny Gallagher's writing is "Ecstasy to Agony: The Story of the 1994 Montreal Expos."

In closing, if you love baseball and great writing - read this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kensley on April 2, 2014
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Up, Up and Away is a must read for any sports fan. It's a fast paced read (finished it in 3 days) compete with colorful anecdotes and sidebars, entertaining, enlightening, heartwarming (and tear jerking, at least for me, another old Expo fan) stories, told through the honest and (mostly) objective eyes of a seasoned sportswriter. It encapsulates perfectly the history of the Montreal Expos with a unique and forthright perspective. I learned more than I ever thought I would. Keri's storytelling skills and command of language match his considerable knowledge of both baseball and business. He seamlessly melds his roles as unabashed fan and dedicated reporter and researcher to piece together a chunk of baseball history that most casual fans (and even the die-hards) would have otherwise known nothing about. I particularly loved the treasure trove of quotes from all—and I do mean ALL—the important people who helped make Expos history what it was, and their honesty in their interviews. Keri obviously dove into this project with more at stake than selling a few books. His passion for the truth and reliving nostalgia most certainly led him to create a work that will stand for many years as the go-to book for any true baseball fan. The book alternates seamlessly between recounting facts and subtly opining, not a typical stance for most reporters. But that's where this book stands out: Keri never comes off as arrogant or a blowhard or a whiner, because he speaks from the heart, as do his interviewees who obviously provided a lot of personal information. (I wish Gary Carter were alive to read this.) Up, Up and Away was, at times, akin to a love letter or a eulogy, and with good reason. As anyone who's lost a friend or family member will attest, the best way to feel better about the loss is to reminisce and remember. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry. But the memories live on. Long live the Maple Ridge Boys. And Youppi!
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More About the Author

Jonah Keri is the lead baseball writer for Grantland and a contributor to ESPN's Baseball Tonight.

He is the author of "Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos" (Random House Canada, 2014).

He is the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First" (ESPN Books/Ballantine, 2011). He also edited and co-authored "Baseball Between the Numbers" (Basic, 2006), and has contributed to many other books.

Jonah's writing has appeared in ESPN.com, SI.com, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs.com, Bloomberg Sports, Montreal Gazette, and many other publications. From 1999 to 2010 he covered the stock market for Investor's Business Daily.

Jonah is a native of Montreal and currently lives in Denver.

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