A Nice Little Place on the North Side Wrigley Field at One Hundred (Hardcover)
|Author: George F. Will|
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?George Will on baseball. Perfect.??Los Angeles Times
In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?
Winding beautifully like Wrigley?s iconic ivy, Will?s meditation on ?The Friendly Confines? examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field?s legend and the larger-than-life characters?from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks?who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs? future, and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility.
In the end, A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark. It is the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of America itself.
The son of an American professor, George Will grew up in Illinois but was educated in England at Oxford before attending Princeton, where he got his Ph.D. in 1967. He was a college professor and congressional aide before landing a job as the Washington editor of the National Review in 1972. Since then he has had an auspicious career in print and broadcast journalism where his opinions have appeared regularly in Newsweek, the Washington Post, and on the ABC network. Whether he has taken a conservative position or one that is somewhat more independent and skeptical, Will has always provided commentary of high literary merit. His many collections of pieces, and his books on larger themes--including on the sport of baseball--have been highly praised and have sold well, and Will was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1977.
"All that said, Will's bow-tied, button-down prose wears quite well in this, his third insightful book about baseball....His eye for the game remains warm and acute, as do his conservative instincts." - James McManus 06/29/2014
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