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Robbie Parry
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While the chief of the CIA's Moscow station fills his gas tank, a stranger drops a note into the car. In the years that followed, that stranger, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the West's most valuable spies. At enormous risk Tolkachev and his handlers conducted clandestine meetings across Moscow, using spy cameras, props, and private codes to elude the KGB in its own backyard - until a shocking betrayal put them all at risk. 

Derived from recently declassified intelligence, Pulitzer-winner David E. Hoffman masterfully prises open the heartless chill of the Cold War in The Billion Dollar Spy; a brilliant feat of reporting and a riveting true story. Hoffman’s real skill is in turning the details of archive research into page-turning prose as compelling as any work of espionage fiction. The book is packed with riveting details about the minutiae of spy-craft alongside insights into the heart-stopping tension of life undercover in 1980’s Moscow. Soon to be a major new film, directed by Amma Asante, Hoffman’s book unlocks the psychology of a secret service operative, giving unprecedented access to the life of the CIA’s greatest Kremlin insider.
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Now starting the 21st novel in this ongoing series by James Lee Burke...
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I just finished DEADLY ASSESSMENTS, and am about to start (really
this time) THE RAINS: VOICES FOR AMERICAN LIBERTY.
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Recently finished
“Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” - John Carreyrou: Details the history of Theranos and its founder. 

“I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” - Michelle McNamara

Reading now:
“Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco” - Bryan Burrough and John Helyar
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Re-reading the Crisis on Infinite Earths Hardcover. 
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In honor of the 50th anniversary;

Image result for the tigers of 68 book
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Now starting another book about our National Pastime...
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Now starting the sequel to John Hart's multi-award winning novel The Last Child...
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Just finished "Hold the Dark" by Walter Girardi which I found extremely disappointing.  Don't think I'll be seeing the film now which is funny as it was the trailer that interested me in the first place.

Now, am reading some good old 70s horror with "The Sentinel," the basis for the 1977 horror film that had one eclectic cast. 
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James - That's an excellent book, if you enjoy it you might read THE LORDS OF THE REALM: THE REAL HISTORY OF BASEBALL by John Helyar, which is my favorite sports book.

I am currently reading -


First page of the book is this wonderful letter from Tampa Bay owner John Bassett to New Jersey owner Donald Trump -



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THE YOUNG LIONS - Irwin Shaw (1948)

World War II, up close and personal.

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James - That's an excellent book, if you enjoy it you might read THE LORDS OF THE REALM: THE REAL HISTORY OF BASEBALL by John Helyar, which is my favorite sports book

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Robert: I read Helyar's book back in 2015. A terrific read and one of the best baseball book ever written. I enjoyed it so much that I bought a hardcover edition for my permanent library. I also believe that it won the Casey Award as the best baseball book of 1994.

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Good to hear James, I am on my second copy of the hardcover, I also have it in paperback somewhere.

For the take from the owners/commissioner's side you might want to try Bowie Kuhn's book HARDBALL.  I don't think it's as good as Helyar's or Miller's books are, but it is somewhat interesting, although every even it seen from the stubborn perspective that "the greedy players will be the downfall of America's pastime!"  Kuhn holds up the Flood decision as a victory (when it was actually more of a punt when it came to the reserve clause) and decries the Messersmith decision as misguided and contrary to legal guidelines.

Kuhn certainly isn't brilliant, but it's interesting to get his views on things like the Pilots move to Milwaukee, the effort to get the Padres to Washington D.C. and the owners lessening control of the game with the rise of the players union.

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Robert:

After reading Miller's book, I am not sure if I would ever want to read what Kuhn has to say about the rise of the players' union. Miller didn't pull many punches in what he had to say about Kuhn and his performance as baseball's commissioner. In fact, Miller references Kuhn's comments in HARDBALL so often in his book that I often thought I was reading a legal brief of Miller v. Kuhn.  :-) 

Between what Miller and Helyar wrote in their respective books, there isn't much the owners (or Kuhn) could say that would put them in a better light. Both authors made it clear that Kuhn was very out of touch with both baseball's labor issues and his role as the owners' mouthpiece.

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James:

I think Kuhn saw himself as some sort of white knight using his position as Commissioner to protect baseball from the angry hordes (which to the owners were anyone who wanted to change the status quo - Flood, Miller, Messersmith), anyone who ruled against the owners and the Commissioner (Seitz) or the esteemed Charles O. Finley.

As I mentioned, the most interesting things in Kuhn's book are the Seattle Pilots move to Milwaukee and the Washington Senators move to Dallas and the steps Kuhn tried to take to pit teams back in Seattle.  Kuhn is more than a little sanctimonious in regards to Finley, who despite being crass and cheap, was a brilliant baseball man (albeit an unconventional one).

Kuhn's book is great for understanding how out of touch he was and how little he understood about the direction baseball was headed.

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Robert:

I agree with your assessment of how Kuhn perceived himself. But I don't have much admiration for Finley. He was a smart baseball man but a horrid owner/general manager.

One of the best baseball books I read this year was "DYNASTIC, BOMBASTIC, FANTASTIC: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's" written by Jason Turbow. It chronicles how Finley built the A's into a winner during the 1970's but undermined the team's success by treating his players so poorly (and cheaply). A great read if you can find it. 

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Now sampling a stand alone novel from back in 2005 that has been on my radar for quite a while now...
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James - I read that one when it came out.  I was an A's fan during the "Mustache Gang" years and I have to admit baseball passed Finley by.  He was great at accumulating talent when he could suppress player costs, but once free agency hit, it was just a matter of time before he was no longer competitive.  (and it didn't take long!)

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Here's the Waterstones synopsis:

66 million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. Today, Dr. Steve Brusatte, one of the leading scientists of a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth for 150 million years. 

The world of the dinosaurs has fascinated on book and screen for decades - from early science fiction classics like The Lost World, to Godzilla terrorizing the streets of Tokyo, and the monsters of Jurassic Park. But what if we got it wrong? In The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, top dinosaur expert Brusatte, tells the real story of how dinosaurs rose to dominate the planet. Using the fossil clues that have been gathered using state of the art technology, Brusatte follows these magnificent creatures from their beginnings in the Early Triassic period, through the Jurassic period to their final days in the Cretaceous and the legacy that they left behind. 

Along the way, Brusatte introduces us to modern day dinosaur hunters and gives an insight into what it's like to be a paleontologist. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is full of thrilling accounts of some of his personal discoveries, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs, monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex, and feathered raptor dinosaurs preserved in lava from China. 

At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures who ruled the earth before us.
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Now sampling a new author whose debut novel raked in several awards for mystery/thriller fiction.
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DRUNK WITH BLOOD by Steve Wells

Documentation of God’s estimated 25 million-plus killings in the Bible.

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Incidentally, got past the halfway point in THE YOUNG LIONS and decided I’d just as soon not spend another 300 pages with these people.
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Empires of the Word : a Language History of the World, by Nicholas Ostler
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Now starting the new novel by one of my favorite mystery writers. It is the second book in a new series that I am really enjoying so far. The prequel won the Shamus Award as the Best P.I. Novel of 2017.
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