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Beyond the Boys of Summer Hardcover – January 31, 2005
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Kahn will be forever linked to his 1972 classic The Boys of Summer a melancholy chronicle of the baseball and postbaseball lives of the 1956 world champion Brooklyn Dodgers. Kahn's favored milieu may be baseball, but he's also profiled or interviewed such luminaries as poet Robert Frost ("The Young Writer Meets the Aged Poet"), and his books include an examination of Jewish America (The Passionate People, 1968) and a study of campus rebellion (The Battle for Morningside Heights, 1970). Baseball is the subject of most of the selections included in this anthology, but a baseball article by Kahn is to other baseball articles what a Tony Bennett tune is to the song stylings of the crooner at your local piano bar. Among the highlights here are selections from Kahn's chronicle of his experiences owning a minor-league baseball team ("The Dreams of the Young"), a profile of an alcoholic Mickey Mantle, and the previously mentioned Robert Frost interview. Kahn is a giant among sports journalists, and this is a fine sampling of his most memorable work. Wes Lukowsky
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From the Back Cover
Spanning half a century, the first comprehensive anthology of "sliders with social history," writings from the legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn
"This is my nineteenth book; all my life I've tried to write literature. I am aware that like Stan Musial or Ted Williams at the bat most of the time I've failed. But the critical word is 'try.' That effort has been a wonder of my life."
--Roger Kahn, from the Prologue
"Roger Kahn is the best of all with his sweet ear for the cadence of baseball talk."
--Donald Hall, New York Times Book Review
From the beginning of his career, as a young man reporting on sports for the New York Herald Tribune, Roger Kahn labored to create literature. After painstaking research and observation, he would sit down at his desk and "write like hell," working to turn everyday events into art. For the next fifty years, he never stopped.
Today, Roger Kahn is arguably the greatest sportswriter of his generation. Most famous for his modern classic, The Boys of Summer--hailed by James Michener as "the finest American book on sports"--Kahn is the author of eighteen books and the only baseball writer to have had three titles on the New York Times bestseller list. While he is best known for his "sweet ear" for America's national pastime, Kahn did not limit himself to baseball. With his literary style of reportage, he explored the depths of basketball and boxing, Judaism and McCarthyism, and even poetry in an unforgettable interview with one of his heroes, Robert Frost.
For the first time, Beyond the Boys of Summer presents a showcase of fifty years' worth of Kahn's celebrated work. Uniquely organized around life's stages--from youth to old age--the book brings you face-to-face with some of the greatest names in sports, including Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Willie Mays, and Pete Rose. Beyond sports, Kahn takes you back to the tumultuous days of 1968 to witness the violent protest of a student rebellion. He brings you to a bar mitzvah for a hilarious and controversial look at the Jewish ceremony. And he invites you for a quiet walk through the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn, where his father instilled in him an undying love for baseball.
Harking back to a time when newspaper writing was an art form and Roger Kahn was one of its most accomplished masters, Beyond the Boys of Summer is nothing less than a literary accomplishment of the highest order.
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Furthermore, it's an excellent anthology. Many of the selections included haven't seen print in 40+ years. There are pieces here from magazines and newspapers that no longer exist, so even though every piece in the anthology (other than the prologue and introduction) have been previously published, many of them have never been seen by readers under 60. In this way, the anthology is revealing the great works of this masterful writer to a whole new generation of readers and fans.
If you like great baseball writing and enjoyed The Boys of Summer, I guarantee that you will enjoy this anthology.
The short (5 page) Chapter 17 is on Joe DiMaggio's marriage to Marilyn Monroe. It brings a great sadness. This kind of reaching for the emotions is a thing that Roger Kahn does better than just about anyone else. He is able to look beyond the superstar personna to the peson underneath and then to bring this person to life using just the printed word.
The really good thing about books like this is that they mean that the words printed in a newspaper that will be thrown away the next day remain available. This is a supurb book, writing at its best.