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Piety in Providence: Class Dimensions of Religious Experience in Antebellum Rhode Island
Piety in Providence: Class Dimensions of Religious Experience in Antebellum Rhode Island
by Mark S. Schantz
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent History, June 6, 2013
This is one of the best books about history that happened in Rhode Island that I've ever read. It is Rhode Island history, yet is broader than that -- Mark S. Schantz applies class as a lens to magnify the development of evangelical religion in the early Republic, revealing humans behaving then as they behave today. Schantz picks up Christine Leigh Heyrman's "Southern Cross," the 1998 Bancroft Prize winner, and pushes it further through class analysis. Reading both of these provides a history of the American evangelical movement in stereoptic depth. Heyrman deserved the Bancroft, and Schantz's work is of the same quality.

Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game
Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game
by Dan Barry
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet, April 18, 2011
I've long believed that "The Glory of Their Times" is the best baseball book yet written; no longer: Dan Barry's "The Bottom of the 33rd" has surpassed "Glory." Both books contain thorough, obsessive reporting, selective editing, and a transcendant quality that lifts them beyond baseball books to works about American history, culture, and life. But in "Glory of Their Times" Lawrence Ritter was more stenographer than writer, a guy who captured and relayed great stories told by others. Barry faced a tougher challenge. In writing about one night 30 years ago he needed to gather all that had scattered from that time -- the shards of broken dreams, the diffused scents of popcorn and cigarettes, the scorecards and broadcast tapes, and the people who made and shared those moments. He did it, he painstakingly gathered the far-flung pieces and reassembled them to re-create a moment with stereoptic clarity. And what a moment it was, a time when the guy who would earn a Hall-of-Fame plaque and 10s of millions played cheek-to-jowel with the guy who'd load trucks for a living, and both had equal reason to doubt and to believe. This book captures the romance of baseball and its concurrent heartache, the dream of making it and the nightmare of giving it everything in return for nothing but memories and a late start on life. Critics have carped that Barry occasionally over-writes, but that's like quibbling about the skater who slightly bobbles after nailing a quadruple jump -- you don't get great prose without pushing, and this is great prose combined with a great idea and obsessively good reporting to create a transcendant work that stands as the best baseball book of all time.
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