Washington is getting an extended early taste of autumn (high 82 yesterday, 78 tomorrow), all the more reason to start anticipating the fall bonanza. Here are some forthcoming titles that caught our eye.
“Mr. President”: George Washington and the Making of the Nation’s Highest Office by Harlow Giles Unger.
Great timing, with the grand opening of the National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon next month.
Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War. Max Hastings.
The Centennial of the war that took over 16 million lives begins.
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Doris Kearns Goodwin.
“Golden Age” always raises an eyebrow, but DKG is always the gold bringer.
Willard Mullin's Golden Age Of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972, Edited by Hal Bock and Michael Powers
There’s your new category Cooperstown – Baseball Cartoonist – and Mullin is your man.
Wow, I didn’t know Mullin was a Giants fan. I do know he created Willy the Giant, an unforgettable big guy, oddly shaped, and a creative device Mullin used to the maximum.
I remember being at a library in the mid 1980s, supposedly working on a term paper. I saw, for the first time, Lee Allen's The Giants and the Dodgers, pulled it down, and browsed through it. On the first page is Mullin’s drawing of Willy the Giant grabbing a hold of the Dodger Bum. I used to read The Sporting News in the 70s, and since Mullin’s work was published there, I’m sure I enjoyed it. But those memories are shaky.
If someone knows Willie Mays, buy him this book. He’ll eat it up.
One Summer: America, 1927. Bill Bryson.
This one has gotten eight out of eight five stars. Babe Ruth is mentioned so maybe the Giants will make an appearance. Their ‘27 season has gotten lost in the shuffle. After falling 9 games behind in early August, the McGrawmen roared back to within 1 and ½ games behind Pittsburgh with a week to go. The Pirates prevailed, though, by three. Rogers Hornsby had a 10.1 WAR for New York.
Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War by Richard A. Serrano
Good timing with the lull in major battles.
Arrived this week or recently.
Came out a few weeks ago, just started reading it. A book sorely needed – “collects the narratives of sixty-three African Americans who had an impact on the Alexandria community in the twentieth century with a particular focus on the period of 1920 to 1965.”
First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School by Alison Stewart.
Dunbar High School was one of the premier black high schools in the country and produced many distinguished firsts for its alumni. Earlier in the week, Stewart was on the “CBS Good Morning Show” and made a very astute observation, saying, “They couldn’t eat lunch downtown, but they could speak Greek and Latin.”
The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving, by Leigh Gallagher
Sounds like a great read as a follow up to Christopher Leinberger’s, The Option of Urbanism – a much better title, by the way.
(By the way, can we recognize Neil Peart, who in 1983 nailed the sprawling lifestyle with "Subdivisions?")
Note: I've got an update on my book coming this week. Hint, hint, I now have more time for reading!