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The Perfect Game Paperback – April 21, 2011
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About the Author
Terrence O. Moore grew up in Texas. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Edinburgh and served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps. He taught briefly at Ashland University in Ohio. From 2001 to 2008 he was the principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, Colorado, one of the leading schools in the nation. Dr. Moore currently teaches history at Hillsdale College, where he has won the Daugherty Award for excellence in teaching. He has written on the topics of liberal education, limited government, and traditional manhood for the Claremont Review of Books, The Washington Times, Touchstone, The Family in America, Big Government, and Human Events. His articles, particularly "Wimps and Barbarians: The Sons of Murphy Brown," have been blogged by hundreds of websites and have been talked about by Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, and Laura Ingraham.
Top customer reviews
Bought this for my nine year old son who loves baseball. As I read it, it's clear this is an advanced read for a nine year old. I started reading it to him at bed time and discuss the themes the next day. Eleven year old's and those going through the teen years have a better chance of absorbing the lessons. Bought a copy for my 11 year old nephew.
The first chapter is about going to church and is the slowest but no drag. The protagonist is itching to get to the field, but hears the sermon just fine. The action picks up as you get to the field. This story is probably set in the mid 80's to early 90's (they talk about video games a bit, but no apps, and a Mongoose bike costing $500). A little country music, no TV, and a few lines from favorite movies like Rocky. Childhood obesity is not a problem but there are some 'big-boned' kids. The few lines about Rocky are devastatingly insightful--worth the $12 in its own right.
The author creates characters who shine and others who do dastardly deeds. The dialog stretches your lingual capability if you are not from north Texas but you'll soon smile. The author knows baseball, knows combat, knows what teen boys are going through, captures their interactions with parents, friends and girls. Like Mark Twain, Dr. Moore writes a story worthy of becoming an American Classic about coming of age. The angst here is not about sex, pimples, drugs, or fitting in; it's about finding one's way to excellence. Frankly, it may not be liked by some who think all paths should lead to equal outcomes. This books makes it clear why we are all different and what choices we face that make us who we are.
The story is about a five month span in a 13 year old athlete's life; how he got to be who he is, and his friends. You can see how excellence is derived and bred into people. The last chapter is set in church and is so stunningly powerful--it needs to be shared.
This is a wonderful book, with a powerful ending that may sear into your consciousness like it did mine. It made me stop, think about the concepts, remember my own experiences, and apply some to how we raise children. You will feel the character's emotions, and maybe change course. This could make a very fine screenplay. 202 pages long--worth every cent and every minute spent with it. If you have a chance to add this to your 4th-8th grader's reading list, I recommend doing so for father and son's sake.
Extraordinary...the most powerful book I've read in some time.
Do not be afraid to buy this book about baseball and a perfect game.
I have passed this book on to others they have all loved the book and believe anyone who reads it will be moved!
I hope there is a sequel or two as Tram grows into adulthood. I cannot wait for the next book.