A nice, warm tribute to America's favorite pastime. There are some great tidbits of baseball trivia and some fun stories about the game's history, but a lot of the book is a behind-the-scenes look at how each different baseball discipline approaches the game. Will talks to a manager (Tony La Russa), a pitcher (Orel Hershiser), a hitter (Tony Gwynn), and a strong defender (Cal Ripken, Jr) about all the tiny details they have mastered to be the tops of their particular crafts.
Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell killed himself last Thursday at the age of 52. We'll never know what drove him to this place, but the world is a poorer place without his immense talent.
The third volume of Edmund Morris's Theodore Roosevelt series is as well-researched and written as the first two. It covers Roosevelt's life from 1910 and his exit of the White House until his death in 1919. At times, Morris provides too much detail that the book is almost a day-by-day account of Roosevelt's life, which bogs down the narrative in spots. The epilogue, which discusses the fates of his children and the historical impact of TR, is as beautiful as anything Morris wrote in the first two volumes.