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The Sabr Review Of Books: Volume 1

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In this issue . . .

Baseball lives in all seasons. So the first issue of The SABR Review takes a look at two of the newest works on non-regular-season baseball: A Baseball Winter and (on Spring Training) The Short Season. We cover Jim Kaplan's diary of '83 season, too. But we don't forget the history, with reviews of the two latest books on two of baseball's prime movers, Ban Johnson and A.G. Spalding, discussed by A.D. Suehsdorf and Luke Salisbury.

And what are the newest of the great baseball writers saying? In this issue we review the latest by Bill James, Roger Kahn, Peter Gammons, and Dan Okrent. Plus a special treat: a brief reminiscence of the immortal Red Smith by his teammate on the All-Time Great-Writers Team, Bob Broeg.

Two of the national pastime's oldest skills are also its most overlooked. Jack Carlson and Frank Boslett analyze what Bill Curran has to say about defense in Mitts, and what Kevin Kerrane learned about putting the Dollar Sign on the Muscle.

Most of us started loving baseball at an early age, and most remember the almost sinfully delicious feeling when we discovered that we could actually read about it, too. That's why this issue takes a special three-way look at those early books that first forged the magical link between the game and the imagination for many of us. Leverett Smith overviews what juvenile baseball literature has been about since its beginnings. Jack Kavanagh tells us about a star, Baseball Joe Matson, who lasted 16 years (and outlasted a writer or two). Next, Phil Bergen takes an in-depth look at how the works of John R. Tunis were clues to our society's mores, from pre-World War II to the Vietnam conflict.

Since much of the best of baseball writing occurs in shorter pieces, the anthology has long been a staple of baseball readers' libraries. Tom Jozwik looks at one of the newest, The Armchair Book of Baseball, edited by John Thorn, and has the audacity to compare it to Charles Einstein's Fireside Books. That's a tough league to hit in.

SABR researchers will be happy to hear about a new book that compiles baseball bibliographies in one volume for the first time. David Porter previews his Dictionary of American Sport Biography: Baseball.

In addition to single-book reviews, The SABR Review will also take on larger subjects. In this go-round, there are three great ones. First, if you've ever wanted to know which books tell the real story of Negro League baseball, you'll find out in the Jules Tygiel's essay, "The Negro Leagues Revisited." Mark Gallagher analyzes how the Yankees have served as fodder for baseball literature in a special way for a long time. And graphic specialist Mark Rucker looks at the more important illustrated works of baseball history, all the way back to 1831 (!)

A feature we'll make a regular member of The SABR Review's lineup is "Personal Favorites." In this issue, Darrell Berger sees Pat Jordan's A False Spring as baseball's "beat" (as in Kerouac) epic.

Another feature we'll continue is the phone survey. This time around we talked to people whose books we read to ask the deceptively simple question: What baseball book do you return to most often? Of course, they all answered The Macmillan Encyclopedia. But after probing Leonard Koppett, Lawrence Ritter, Peter Palmer, and some others had some intriguing things to say.

Year End Review

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The things we must fix, the thoughts are many, but the examples are few. How can we do these things? Why must we churn through the cycle? When will it end?

Book Summary, Review & Study Guide

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WARNING: This is not the actual book To Kill a Mockingbird by Nelle Harper Lee. Do not buy this Study Guide, Summary & Analysis if you are looking for a full copy of this classic book.Instead, our expert literary critic has already read To Kill a Mockingbird and pulled out the key characters, events, and action points to give you a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter summary and review guide in a clear, concise, easy-to-understand format. Because of its retrospective narrative style, To Kill a Mockingbird is precocious and funny, satiric and wise. Scout's commentary and understanding of her bewilderment at six years old make for unique storytelling that is irresistible to any reader.This 30-minute review guide is both entertaining and jam-packed with information. It conveniently lays out all of the book's hidden gems: plot points you might miss, symbols that only become obvious on a second or third read-through, and themes that affect your understanding of the story. You'll be guided through every twist & turn of Harper Lee's classic novel, giving you a deeper analysis of this classic work of American literature while helping you rise to the top of the class. What else is included?1) Character Reference Guide2) Plot Summary3) Analysis of Themes & Motifs 4) Discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird's Legacy & Impact Many students use this summary to cram for an exam, of course. But most students first read a chapter of the full book, and then they read the corresponding section in our guide. Regardless, this is your map when you're deep in the intricate sub-plots and fascinating imagery of To Kill a Mockingbird. You'll see the book in a whole new way.


To Kill A Mockingbird is as tenacious and headstrong as the woman who wrote the book. Despite being banned in several counties throughout the years (or perhaps because of it), the book's charm and timeless values shine through, winning countless awards and being recognized worldwide and by readers of all ages as one of America's greatest contributions to literature. Harper Lee won the admiration of millions by weaving a story about human dignity standing alongside disgrace, in the unforgettable voice of childhood innocence. At the time of the book's publication, the United States was experiencing an explosion of the same racial tensions that Scout and Jem witnessed during their youth in the 1930s. Racial prejudice and injustice were rampant. Those who thought differently and stood up for change were, like Atticus, facing the narrow and rigid thinking handed down from former generations-vulnerable and exposed to attack . . . and sometimes they, too, were alone. The American South was once again in the midst of a violent transition not completely dissimilar to that of the Civil War and Reconstruction. This book was a product of its time, and many of its elements, from the description of the town's dominant mentality to the treatment of Tom Robinson, were drawn from reality. Consequently, the book was a sensation (sensational, almost, due to being banned in certain districts), and it remains a work beloved among free thinkers. FROM START-TO-FINISH IN JUST 30 MINUTES!If you're reading To Kill a Mockingbird for personal enjoyment, this study guide will help you get the most from Nelle Harper Lee's novel. For serious students of literature, this guide will make sure you miss nothing!

A Wonder-book - For Boys And Girls

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1852. Hawthorne, who, like Edgar Allan Poe, took a dark view of human nature, was a central figure in the American Renaissance. His best-known works include The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. Hawthorne adapted these fanciful tales for children from classical mythology. Contained within are such memorable stories as The Gorgon's Head, The Chimaera and The Golden Touch, which proved to be quite popular. Due to the age and scarcity of the original we reproduced, some pages may be spotty or faded. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

Outcomes-based Academy And Co-curricular Program Review

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This book offers far more than an introduction to the principles of assessment of student learning outcomes in the context of program review. Within a clearly structured framework, it systematically shares the good practices of some forty institutions recognized by independent scholars for their improvements in teaching/learning, research, and service, to offer examples and ideas for others to learn from and adapt. While the book focuses on assessment of the teaching mission, these same practices apply equally to student affairs, service and research activities.This book is intended for faculty, administrators and staff responsible for implementing and sustaining outcomes-based assessment program review. It aims to help them understand the "what," "why" and "how" of outcomes-based assessment program review. Rather than adopting a prescriptive approach, it provides a rich array of case studies and ideas as a basis for reflection and discussion to help institutions develop solutions that are appropriate to their own missions and cultures.This book answers such questions as what does good outcomes-based assessment program review practice look like from an institutional perspective? How have others initiated and conducted the process? Why did they choose their particular approaches; and who is doing replicable work? It links effective assessment practices with cyclical program review so that the single process of outcomes-based assessment informs many purposes: program review, strategic planning, professional accreditation, institutional accreditation, and possibly even the assessment of general education.This book illustrates the components of outcomes-based assessment program review, presents the criteria for identifying good practices and suggests steps for implementing a sustainable outcomes-based assessment program--and does so in a way that will engage readers in critical inquiry about what works well and what needs to be improved.


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