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An Illustrated History

By Geoffrey C. Ward; Roger Angell (Introduction by); Kevin Baker (Contribution by)

Knopf Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780375711978, 564pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2010


The acclaimed nationwide best seller and companion volume to Ken Burns’s grand-slam PBS documentary—updated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part Tenth Inning that lokos back on the age of steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, and so much more.

With a narrative by Geoffrey C. Ward, a preface to the new edition by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, a new chapter by Kevin Baker, and an introduction by Roger Angell

Essays by Thomas Boswell, Robert W. Creamer, Gerald Early, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bill James, David Lamb, Daniel Okrent, John Thorn, George F. Will

And featuring an interview with Buck O’Neil

About the Author
Geoffrey C. Ward is an author and screenwriter of various documentary presentations of American history. He wrote the television mini-series The Civil War with director Ken Burns and has authored or coauthored numerous books, including A First-Class Temperament and Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.

ROGER ANGELL joined The New Yorker as a fiction editor in 1962. He is the author of seven celebrated baseball books, including Game Time: A Baseball Companion. He lives in New York and Maine.

Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist whose books include "Dreamland" and the "New York Times" bestseller "Paradise Alley". He authored "America: The Story of Us", the companion volume to the groundbreaking A&E television show of the same name, and was the chief historical researcher on "The American Century" by Harold Evans. Baker is a contributor to the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", the "Guardian", "Harper s Magazine", "GQ", "Newsweek", "Politico", the "Huffington Post", and other leading publications, and has appeared as a television commentator on the History channel, CNN, and "The Colbert Report". Baker lives in New York with his wife, Ellen, and their cat, Maisie.

Praise For Baseball

“A rich concoction of narrative, essays, and photos [that] dazzles the eye . . . In so many ways you are reminded that rooting for baseball is like breathing.” —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

“Stirring and reflective . . . A beautiful book that stands on its own in any league.” —David E. Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Glorious nuggets are set amid the clear, warm narrative and hundreds of classic images . . . Highest marks for browseability, but the true reward comes from the longer essays by folks still smitten by the game.” —Jerry Shriver, USA Today