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Bill Veeck


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The first major biography of one of the greatest figures in baseball history.

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The first major biography of one of the greatest figures in baseball history.

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Paul Dickson is the author of several classic baseball books, including The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, The Unwritten Rules of Baseball, The Hidden Language of Baseball, and The Joy of Keeping Score. He is also the author of the classic narrative history Sputnik: The Shock of the Century, and the co-author of the acclaimed The Bonus Army: An American Epic. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.


We knew Bill Veeck was the baron of ballyhoo. We didn't know (or at least I didn't) that he was a patriot as high-flying as Ted Williams, a racial barrier-buster as fearless as Branch Rickey, a gadfly who set the mold for Charlie Finley, and a one-of-a-kind iconoclast who was irresistible. So don't resist. Buy Paul Dickson's new book and have a blast. Larry Tye, author of Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend The Bonus Army,' a haunting, compellingly written and marvelously researched book, is an important contribution to American history. Chicago Tribune on The Bonus Army In telling the story of "The Bonus Army," in a gripping style packed with facts, Dickson and Allen do great honor to all veterans -- and remind us that one of our most important battles was fought with blood and fire at the steps of our own government. Minneapolis Star Tribune on The Bonus Army His research is painstaking, his attention to detail flows smoothly and clearly - an admirable quality in history. Philadelphia Inquirer on Sputnik A fascinating slice of useful social history. USA Today on Sputnik A wonderful companion volume... enough to last a fan through a 162-game season and the playoffs. ... What a treasure to have at hand with a long season ahead. David Broder, Washington Post on The Dickson Baseball Dictionary Any man who wanted to be included on Richard Nixon's enemies list is worthy of a searching biography--and Paul Dickson has been kind enough to do that for us with his compelling portrait of the unregenarate Bill Veeck. Ray Robinson, author of Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time

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