Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan

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$41.94
Publisher
University of Nebraska Press
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Pages
368
Dimensions
6.42 X 1.2 X 9.07 inches | 1.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780803229846
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About the Author

Robert K. Fitts graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a PhD from Brown University. Originally trained as an archeologist of colonial America, Fitts left that field to focus on his passion, Japanese baseball. He is also the author of Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game and Wally Yonamine: The Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball (Nebraska, 2008).

Reviews

"An intelligent, well-crafted account of an important period in the history of U.S.-Japan relations. Painstakingly researched, rich in color and detail, it goes beyond baseball, illuminating the social, economic, and political life of a distant era, the impact of which can still be seen today."--Robert Whiting, author of "You Gotta Have Wa" and "The Meaning of Ichiro"--Robert Whiting (09/26/2011)
"If I could have taken one road trip with anyone in the history of Am--Leigh Montville (09/26/2011)
"How did two nations that shared the values of the same national pastime go from baseballs to bullets? Historian Rob Fitts tells a dark tale of baseball caught between democracy and fascism in prewar Japan. "Banzai Babe Ruth" is a sayonara home run!"--John Thorn, official historian for Major League Baseball--John Thorn (09/26/2011)
"Fitts weaves history, political intrigue and baseball together as he reveals insights into Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earl Averill, Moe Berg, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Gomez and Connie Mack. . . . "Banzai Babe Ruth "is a unique work that makes us examine the greatest player of all time, the greatest game of all time and the greatest country of all time."--Harold Friend, "Bleacher Report"--Harold Friend"Bleacher Report" (02/02/2012)
"The history lessons in "Banzai Babe Ruth" go well beyond merely chronicling the games and the players. This is a well-researched, fascinatingly told tale of two super powers whose shared passion for baseball wasn't enough to maintain the peace, though it did help to restore it in the years following World War II." James Bailey, "Baseball America"--James Bailey "Baseball America ""
""Banzai Babe Ruth" reads like a multi-stranded mystery novel . . . . Fitts has an eye for the quirky details that make historical writing vivid." Michael R./i>--Michael R. Stevens "Books & Culture ""
""Banzai Babe" deserves a spot in any baseball (or Japan) lover's library." Robert Whiting, "Wall Street Journal"--Robert Whiting"Wall Street Journal" (04/13/2012)"

"The history lessons in Banzai Babe Ruth go well beyond merely chronicling the games and the players. This is a well-researched, fascinatingly told tale of two super powers whose shared passion for baseball wasn't enough to maintain the peace, though it did help to restore it in the years following World War II."--James Bailey, Baseball America--James Bailey "Baseball America "
"Banzai Babe Ruth reads like a multi-stranded mystery novel . . . . Fitts has an eye for the quirky details that make historical writing vivid."--Michael R./I>--Michael R. Stevens "Books & Culture "
"Banzai Babe deserves a spot in any baseball (or Japan) lover's library."--Robert Whiting, Wall Street Journal--Robert Whiting"Wall Street Journal" (04/13/2012)