Why Baseball Matters

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Yale University Press
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4.8 X 0.6 X 7.5 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Jacoby is the author of eleven previous books, including the New York Times best-seller The Age of American Unreason, The Great Agnostic, and Alger Hiss and the Battle for History. She is a frequent contributor to national publications, including the Times and the Washington Post.


"Endearing and thought-provoking."--Samantha Power, Washington Post
"[A] heartfelt book."--Katherine A. Powers, Wall Street Journal
"As Major League Baseball attempts to quicken games to appeal to younger fans, Susan Jacoby suggests how to reinvest youth in the National Pastime amid digital distraction."--Michael Gavin, Newsday
"Baseball may be the only sport that has to justify why people love it. Jacoby, whose scholarly focus is on religious liberty and atheism, wrote this entry in Yale's 'Why X Matters' series on the national pastime, detailing how the game connects people to each other and to the past. She also makes an excellent case for why baseball fandom is in decline -- and suggests ways to arrest that."--Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"Well-informed, rich in historical information, and lucidly argued, Susan Jacoby analyzes contemporary baseball which, despite the loss of younger, distracted fans and the shrinkage of African-American players, she rightly sees as our "glorious pastime" with a capacity to reawaken loyalty and passion among a new generation of fans."--Murray Polner, author of Branch Rickey: A Biography
"A fan is born! I knew nothing about baseball before reading Susan Jacoby's brilliant book, and now I'm determined to take in the next Mets game."--Louis Begley, author of Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters