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Moe Berg - genius, eccentric.
on January 6, 2015
Berg's story in itself is interesting, bizarre, and somewhat depressing. In truth; he was highly skilled at mediocrity. He pursued many paths, but stopped short of real accomplishment - except as a story teller (and, in my view, a BS'er). Was Berg intelligent? Definilty so. Was he eccentric? Very much so.
Dawidoff has deftly captured the essence of Moe Berg and dispelled many inflated claims of Berg's abilities made by others. But the writing is a bit disjointed, and jumps back and forth in time. It gets confusing st times. There is also a fair amount of redundancy; Dawidoff more than adequately tells us that Berg was very intelligent, a loner, unusual, and broke much of the time in his later life.
However, the sheer history of this strange man and Dawidoff's thorough research of him deserves a read.