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The Bronx is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City Paperback – Bargain Price, June 26, 2007
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"Entertaining and illuminating . . . It should not be surprising then that Mahler . . . believed a layered account of a single year in the life of the city, 1977, could sustain a book--nor should it be surprising that he was right. . . . A nuanced portrait of this wild year."--The New York Times Book Review (front cover)
"A rich canvas . . . an excellent new book."--Sports Illustrated
"Compulsively readable . . . Mahler's innocently emblematic figures careen vividly through their historical moment."--The Wall Street Journal
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Born and raised in the Bronx, I remember that time and those events quite well. As a baseball fan, I was disillusioned by a Yankees team that hadn't won a championship in 15 years and seemed to expend most of its energy fighting with itself and with owner George Steinbrenner.
"The Bronx is Burning" - the title is taken from a Howard Cosell remark during the 1977 World Series broadcast as the aerial shot of Yankee Stadium revealed a nearby five-alarm fire - is a well-documented narrative of the New York City of the mid-1970s. Although the baseball story seems, at times, grafted on, and the subplot of Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the New York Post became more relevant in later years, the 67-chapter, 3-part, 339-page book accurately reflects the experience of most New Yorkers at the time. Those were our day-to-day concerns: crime, the mayor's race, and Steinbrenner's Yankees.
But New York's story doesn't end with Ed Koch as mayor and the Yankees as World Series champions. Mahler leaves the impression that these two outcomes would lead to the turnaround of the city's fortunes and that 1977 was the bottom of the inverted bell curve. Neither is true.
Crime would continue to rise. The murder rate peaked at 2,262 in 1992, a full 15 years later.Read more ›
Summer 1976. A mischievous killer is on the loose and the Yankees are trying to go from worst to first. The trial for the Son of Same has gone cold. The Yankees are trying to win whatever in takes. Explosive and unpredictable Billy Martin is fried up but more importantly he is threatening to leave the Yankees again but who knows if he is really going to leave. George Steinbrenner is on the verge of cutting every coach on the team until Reggie Jackson comes to town and answers all his critics with his bat. Until Reggie gets into a slump and is on the verge of getting cut when he says the world famous quote "I'm the straw that stirs the drink." Reggie denies this quote to this day. This book taught me about the history but I really wasn't thinking about that because I was so into the book.
I liked this book because I like the Yankees and I think that it is cool to learn about your favorite team's history. I also liked it because my dad remembered when this happened. My dad says that this time was very scary. I think that it is very cool that this amazing book is a true story. I really like how this book ended. The Yankees are the best sport team in the history of sports and this was to me one of the best years of Yankee history.
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Husband is a big Yankees fan. He totally loved this book. Buy it for your New York or Yankees fan (or yourself).Published on May 4, 2012 by LJM
Pretty good book about the state of NYC in 1977....politics, crime, blackouts and the Son of Sam case. Read morePublished on June 17, 2010 by Amazon Customer