War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War

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A vivid portrait of Boston in the throes of World War I, and three men whose lives were forever changed by it

In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The streets emptied as paranoia about the deadly Spanish flu spread. Newspapermen and vigilante investigators sought to discredit anyone who looked or sounded German. And as the war raged on, the enemy seemed to be lurking everywhere: prowling in submarines off the coast, arriving on ships in the harbor, or disguised as radicals stirring up trouble.
War Fever explores this delirious moment in American history through the stories of three men: Karl Muck, the German conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Charles Whittlesey, a young lawyer who became an unlikely hero in Europe; and the most famous baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth. Together, they offer a gripping narrative of America at war and American culture in upheaval.

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Price: $34.00  $30.60
Publisher: Basic Books
Published Date: March 24, 2020
ISBN: 9781549157462
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About the Author

Randy Roberts is the 150th anniversary distinguished professor of history at Purdue University. An award-winning author, he focuses on the intersection of popular and political culture, and has written or co-written biographies of such iconic athletes and celebrities as Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Bear Bryant, Oscar Robertson, John Wayne and Muhammad Ali, as well as books on the Vietnam War, the Alamo, the 1973-1974 college basketball season, and West Point football during World War II. Roberts lives in Lafayette, Indiana.Johnny Smith is the J. C. Bud Shaw professor in sports, society, and technology and an assistant professor of history at Georgia Tech. He is the co-author of Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (with Randy Roberts) and the author of The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball. Smith lives in Atlanta, Georgia.