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The Adventures Of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
Bellwether by Connie Willis
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Body & Soul by Stacey Kade
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank by Lilian Jackson Braun
Crescent Dawn by Clive and Dirk Cussler
The Empire Strikes Out by Robert Elias
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Gay Men Don't Get Fat by Simon Doonan
The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer
Gracie, The Lighthouse Cat by Ruth Brown
Homicide In Hardcover by Kate Carlisle
I Am Half-Sick Of Shadows by Alan Bradley
I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle
Island Sting by Bonnie J. Doerr
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Monster by A. Lee Martinez
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
One False Note by Gordon Korman
Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman
A River in the Sky (audio) by Elizabeth Peters
Sink Trap by Christy Evans
The Sword Thief (audio) by Peter Lerangis
The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Wet Cats by Rita Golden Gelman
Whad'ya Know? by Michael Feldman Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
Zed: A Cosmic Tale by Michel Gagné

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Comments for The Empire Strikes Out

The Empire Strikes Out: 04/16/13

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)The Empire Strikes Out by Robert Elias takes two things that to me seem completely separate: foreign policy and baseball and shows that aren't all that separate after all. Elias is a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. The Baseball Book Review notes that he also teaches a baseball and politics class.

The book walks through the history of baseball and shows how the ebb and flow of U.S. politics and foreign policy interact with how the game. Sometimes the game is used as propaganda — through world tours. Sometimes it affects recruitment. The book covers all the major wars and occupations and how and where baseball was played — either abroad or at home.

The Empire Strikes Out is one of the most interesting and odd political history books I've read. I recommend it to baseball fans and history buffs who want a new way of looking at events.

Recommended by Forum on KQED.

Four stars

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