You Gotta Have Wa

By Robert Whiting
Vintage, Paperback, 9780307455970, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2009

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A hilarious, informative, and riveting account of Japanese baseball and the cultural clashes that ensued when Americans began playing there professionally.
In Japan, baseball is a way of life. It is a philosophy. It is "besuboru." Its most important element is "wa"--group harmony--embodied in the proverb "The nail that sticks up shall be hammered down." In this witty and incisive book, Robert Whiting gives us a close-up look at "besuboru"'s teams, obsessive ritualism, and history, as seen through the eyes of American players who found the Japanese approach--rigorous "pre"game practices, the tolerance for "tie" games, "injured "pitchers encouraged to "pitch through the pain"--completely baffling. With vivid accounts of East meeting West, involving Babe Ruth, Ichiro Suzuki, Bobby Valentine, Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh, and many others, this lively and completely unique book is an utter gem and baseball classic.

About the Author
Robert Whiting is Principal Lecturer in History at the University of York St John. His previous publications include The Blind Devotion of the People (1989) and Local Responses to the English Reformation (1998).

Praise For You Gotta Have Wa

“The definitive book on Japanese baseball and one of the best-written sports books ever.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Run, or at least jog, to the nearest bookstore and buy You Gotta Have Wa.”
New York Times Book Review

“Far more than a sports book.”
—David Halberstam

“Bob Whiting has done it again! . . . A book that will please baseball fans and enlighten anyone interested in Japanese-American relations.”
—James Fallows, Atlantic Monthly

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