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Why Jane Leavy’s ‘The Last Boy’ is a Brilliant Book on Mickey Mantle

I’m biased. I love Jane Leavy as a writer. Her first book, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy is in my top 25 books of all-time in any genre. So I was predisposed to want to enjoy The Last Boy before I even read the first word. My only concern was that maybe Leavy/Koufax was a one-time perfect combination of writer and subject, and that the combination forced …

How Stephen King’s Books Saved Me From Being a Literary Loser

The Gunslinger

It began with picking up a used copy of The Gunslinger in Dave’s Olde Book Shop in Manhattan Beach all those years ago. Cool title. Cool cover. Or maybe it really began the first time I saw the boring-but-since-it-was-Stephen-King creepy cover of Misery. It could even have truly started with the It cover that used to scare the crap out of me as a kid, but at a critical point …

My Five Favorite Biographies on the Founding Fathers

Joseph J. Ellis and Richard Brookhiser are my literary version of ’03-’04 Manny and Big Papi when it comes to US history. They knock every single book out of the park on the subject. I’ve been reading about the American Revolution as a side-hobby ever since I got out of college. This is all the more amazing to me personally because while I was in …

Phil Knight’s Nike Memoir Shoe Dog is Beyond Phenomenal and Here Are My Notes

Shoe Dog

Phil Knight’s memoir of his life and of Nike (both one and the same) is a must-read for so many different types of people it’s almost hard to keep track. Sneaker heads…. Track fans… Hoops fans… Pretty much anyone who follows sports would have some interest on some level… But this book is so much more than that. It’s a must-read for entrepreneurs and managers, …