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On That Day - The Definitive Timeline of 9/11 (Paperback): William M Arkin On That Day - The Definitive Timeline of 9/11 (Paperback)
William M Arkin
R325 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R65 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Anyone who experienced the attacks on September 11 cannot forget the imagery: the smoking, falling towers, the Pentagon smoldering, the Shanksville crash site, the first responders. But there is an invisible story hidden in the wreckage, one that required years of patient investigation and the piecing together of a sequence from many scattered sources. By establishing the most definitive timeline of how that day unfolded, William M. Arkin shows how the US government failed in the face of the unprecedented attack. It is a story of laughable airport security, vulnerable airspace, blind intelligence, poor communications, muddled orders, Pentagon chaos, and presidential isolation. Everything about the emergency procedures of the governments-from White House security to continuity of government to military alerts-went wrong. On That Day is a stunning, nightmare journey through a government reeling in confusion while many civilians performed individual acts of heroism. It is a chilling expose of government negligence and overreach, and a constitution in crisis.

Everton Greatest Games - The Toffees' Fifty Finest Matches (Hardcover): Jim Keoghan Everton Greatest Games - The Toffees' Fifty Finest Matches (Hardcover)
Jim Keoghan
R484 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R145 (30%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Evertonians know what it is to experience greatness. Since the club first came to life in 1878 there have been titles won, European adventures and trips to Wembley. The fans have seen records broken, legends make their mark, matches of undeniable class. Every decade that Everton have been in existence has yielded moments of wonder, games that supporters at the time have cherished for their entire lives and which fans of subsequent generations have looked back on with undeniable pride. From the earliest days, when St Domingo's first morphed into something recognisable as a modern football club, the whole span of Everton's narrative is covered here. Those earliest title wins, those earliest finals, Dean, Lawton, Hickson, the Holy Trinity, Latchford, the glory of Kendall, the agony of Wimbledon, the joy of Royle and restoration under Moyes. Everton Greatest Games is more than just a selection of the moments that have stirred the soul of Blues. It is the story of Everton, the tale of how a church team grew into an English giant.

Remarkable New Orleans Food - The History Of Recipes And Traditions In Culture: New Orleans Food History (Paperback): Carey... Remarkable New Orleans Food - The History Of Recipes And Traditions In Culture: New Orleans Food History (Paperback)
Carey Lowes
R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Rise of Universities (Paperback, New Ed): Charles Homer Haskins The Rise of Universities (Paperback, New Ed)
Charles Homer Haskins
R1,059 Discovery Miles 10 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

At the time of its publication in 1923, Charles Homer Haskins' The Rise of Universities was considered remarkable for its erudition, succinctness, and balance. The historian Theodor Mommsen described it as "a work which has remained unsurpassed in the conciseness and vividness of its account." Eight decades after its appearance, it remains fresh and informative. It has not been surpassed, and is as invaluable as ever.

Haskins traces the rise of the mediaeval university as one phase of the intellectual awakening in Europe in the late Middle Ages, in an effort to broaden our understanding of "the ancient and universal company of scholars." In the depth and breadth of its analysis, there is no better portrait of universities during their infancy in the Middle Ages. With great detail and precision, Haskins describes the university's curriculum, teaching, teachers, and students. Drawing deeply on his knowledge as one of the leading mediaeval scholars of his day, he provides an exceptionally vivid picture of student life of the time, through his analysis of their manuals, letters, and poetry. The Rise of Universities goes far beyond its central subject to offer a broad description of the social conditions in which universities took root and flourished. At the same time, one cannot read Haskins without seeing the influences of the mediaeval university on contemporary institutions of higher learning. The Rise of Universities reminds us that the university has not only been a crucible fostering intellectual inquiry and creativity, but continues after eight hundred years to be a center of teaching and learning.

In his new introduction, Lionel S. Lewis develops Haskins' passing observationthat "the university of the twentieth century is the lineal descendant of mediaeval Paris and Bologna, " and considers the question of why universities came into being at the particular time in history when they did. The Rise of the Universities will be of interest to educators and students who wish to better understand the institutions in which they have lived, taught, and been taught.

The Foghorn's Lament - The Disappearing Music of the Coast (Hardcover): Jennifer Lucy Allan The Foghorn's Lament - The Disappearing Music of the Coast (Hardcover)
Jennifer Lucy Allan
R444 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R73 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'A truly unusual and strangely revealing lens through which to view music and history and the dark life of the sea' Brian Eno 'As memorable, pleasurable and irrational as all the highest quests' John Higgs 'A perfect example of the power and beauty of industrial music' Cosey Fanni Tutti What does the foghorn sound like? It sounds huge. It rattles. It rattles you. It is a booming, lonely sound echoing into the vastness of the sea. When Jennifer Lucy Allan hears the foghorn's colossal bellow for the first time, it marks the beginning of an obsession and a journey deep into the history of a sound that has carved out the identity and the landscape of coastlines around the world, from Scotland to San Francisco. Within its sound is a maritime history of shipwrecks and lighthouse keepers, the story and science of our industrial past, and urban myths relaying tales of foghorns in speaker stacks, blasting out for coastal raves. An odyssey told through the people who battled the sea and the sound, who lived with it and loathed it, and one woman's intrepid voyage through the howling loneliness of nature.

Understanding Emergent Urbanism - The Case of Tirana, Albania (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021): Sotir Dhamo Understanding Emergent Urbanism - The Case of Tirana, Albania (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021)
Sotir Dhamo
R3,115 Discovery Miles 31 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The ideas presented in this book are a conceptual leverage to correct the rigidity of top-down practices and bring the real city, or the city of everyday life, closer to the city of conventional planning. Considering self-organization as the starting point at the base of complex systems, this book tries to understand how specific qualities emerge and evolve from this behavior. For this, the book discusses new ways of looking at and understanding cities by applying holistic methods and approaches based on the conceptual grounds of quantum, fractal, and complexity theories. The book highlights the fact that the information on how to transform and build a city is contained within the city itself. In this regard, some methodological steps to unpack complexities and translate the essential qualities of space into potential generators for city design and planning are provided. The book urges courageous experimentation and proposes a methodology where the computational nature of urban phenomena goes along with historic anthropological ideas, thus emphasizing the characteristics of a specific reality in a model. They do not exclude each other; in fact, they are part of the unbroken web of wholeness. Importantly, the proposed methodology supports gradual and natural coevolution process in the city through combining planned and unplanned actions and the involving multiplicity of actors, impacting on Urban Planning and Design Practice.

The Secret History of Food - Strange But True Stories about the Origins of Everything We Eat (Standard format, CD): Matt Siegel The Secret History of Food - Strange But True Stories about the Origins of Everything We Eat (Standard format, CD)
Matt Siegel; Read by Roger Wayne
R653 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R163 (25%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Gunshots & Goalposts - The Story of Northern Irish Football (Paperback): Benjamin Roberts Gunshots & Goalposts - The Story of Northern Irish Football (Paperback)
Benjamin Roberts
R270 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R57 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
On the Ground - New Directions in Middle East Studies (Paperback): Brian T. Edwards On the Ground - New Directions in Middle East Studies (Paperback)
Brian T. Edwards
R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Game Changers - Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town (Paperback): Art Chansky Game Changers - Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town (Paperback)
Art Chansky
R411 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R60 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South. But there is much more to this story than is commonly told. In Game Changers, Art Chansky reveals an intense saga of race, college sport, and small-town politics. At the center were two young men, Scott and Smith, both destined for greatness but struggling through challenges on and off the court, among them the storms of civil rights protest and the painfully slow integration of a Chapel Hill far less progressive than its reputation today might suggest. Drawing on extensive personal interviews and a variety of other sources, Chansky takes readers beyond the basketball court to highlight the community that supported Smith and Scott during these demanding years, from assistant basketball coach John Lotz to influential pastor the Reverend Robert Seymour to pioneering African American mayor Howard Lee. Dispelling many myths that surround this period, Chansky nevertheless offers an ultimately triumphant portrait of a student-athlete and coach who ensured the University of North Carolina would never be the same.

On Their Shoulders - The Women Who Paved the Way in Nova Scotia Politics (Paperback): Grace Evans, Sarah Dobson On Their Shoulders - The Women Who Paved the Way in Nova Scotia Politics (Paperback)
Grace Evans, Sarah Dobson
R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Psychology of Yoga and Meditation - Lectures Delivered at ETH Zurich, Volume 6: 1938-1940 (Hardcover): C. G. Jung Psychology of Yoga and Meditation - Lectures Delivered at ETH Zurich, Volume 6: 1938-1940 (Hardcover)
C. G. Jung; Translated by John Peck, Heather McCartney; Edited by Martin Liebscher
R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Jung's lectures on the psychology of Eastern spirituality-now available for the first time Between 1933 and 1941, C. G. Jung delivered a series of public lectures at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Intended for a general audience, these lectures addressed a broad range of topics, from dream analysis to the psychology of alchemy. Here for the first time are Jung's illuminating lectures on the psychology of yoga and meditation, delivered between 1938 and 1940. In these lectures, Jung discusses the psychological technique of active imagination, seeking to find parallels with the meditative practices of different yogic and Buddhist traditions. He draws on three texts to introduce his audience to Eastern meditation: Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the Amitayur-dhyana-sutra from Chinese Pure Land Buddhism, and the Shri-chakra-sambhara Tantra, a scripture related to tantric yoga. The lectures offer a unique opportunity to encounter Jung as he shares his ideas with the general public, providing a rare window on the application of his comparative method while also shedding light on his personal history and psychological development. Featuring an incisive introduction by Martin Liebscher as well as explanations of Jungian concepts and psychological terminology, Psychology of Yoga and Meditation provides invaluable insights into the evolution of Jung's thought and a vital key to understanding his later work.

Gone at 3:17 - The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History (Hardcover): David M. Brown, Michael... Gone at 3:17 - The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History (Hardcover)
David M. Brown, Michael Wereschagin
R510 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R85 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

At 3:17 p.m. on March 18, 1937, a natural gas leak beneath the London Junior-Senior High School in the oil boomtown of New London, Texas, created a lethal mixture of gas and oxygen in the school's basement. The odorless, colorless gas went undetected until the flip of an electrical switch triggered a colossal blast. The two-story school, one of the nation's most modern, disintegrated, burying everyone under a vast pile of rubble and debris. More than 300 students and teachers were killed, and hundreds more were injured. As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the catastrophe approaches, it remains the deadliest school disaster in U.S. history. Few, however, know of this historic tragedy, and no book, until now, has chronicled the explosion, its cause, its victims, and the aftermath. Gone at 3:17 is a true story of what can happen when school officials make bad decisions. To save money on heating the school building, the trustees had authorized workers to tap into a pipeline carrying"waste" natural gas produced by a gasoline refinery. The explosion led to laws that now require gas companies to add the familiar pungent odor. The knowledge that the tragedy could have been prevented added immeasurably to the heartbreak experienced by the survivors and the victims' families. The town would never be the same. Using interviews, testimony from survivors, and archival newspaper files, Gone at 3:17 puts readers inside the shop class to witness the spark that ignited the gas. Many of those interviewed during twenty years of research are no longer living, but their acts of heroism and stories of survival live on in this meticulously documented and extensively illustrated book.

The Best of Peter Finney, Legendary New Orleans Sportswriter (Hardcover): Peter Finney The Best of Peter Finney, Legendary New Orleans Sportswriter (Hardcover)
Peter Finney; Contributions by Peter Finney Jr
R625 R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Save R101 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Five times each week over the past several decades, sports fans in New Orleans began their mornings by reading local sportswriter Peter Finney. Finney's newspaper columns -- entertaining, informative, and inspiring -- connected New Orleans readers to the world of sports, for nearly 70 years. From a career total of 15,000 articles, this book offers a prime selection of the very best of Finney's writing as well as an introduction from Peter Finney, Jr. Beginning his writing career as a college freshman at Loyola University, Finney added his distinctly poetic voice to the sports pages of the States-Item (1945--80) and the Times-Picayune (1980--2013). This impressive time span placed the reporter on the sidelines of the most iconic moments in Louisiana sports history. This collection includes Finney's account of Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return against Ole Miss in 1959; Tom Dempsey's 1970 NFL-record 63-yard field goal; and the Saints' 31--17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the 2010 Super Bowl. His interviews and profiles covered nearly every major sports figure of his time: Ted Williams, Jesse Owens, Joe DiMaggio, Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Billy Cannon, Pete Maravich, Lee Trevino, Rusty Staub, Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning, Eddie Robinson, Doug Williams, Dale Brown, Billy Martin, Brett Favre, Nick Saban, Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Ditka, Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Sugar Ray Leonard, Skip Bertman, Les Miles, and Tom Benson, among many others. The riveting moments and fascinating characters portrayed in this volume will delight both hardcore sports enthusiasts and casual fans, in stories told with Finney's characteristic grace, humility, and wit.

Collision of Wills - Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL (Paperback): Jack Gilden Collision of Wills - Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL (Paperback)
Jack Gilden
R435 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R42 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In their seven years together, quarterback Johnny Unitas and coach Don Shula, kings of the fabled Baltimore Colts of the 1960s, created one of the most successful franchises in sports. Unitas and Shula had a higher winning percentage than Lombardi's Packers, but together they never won a championship. Baltimore lost the big game to the Browns in 1964 and to Joe Namath and the Jets in 1969's Super Bowl III-both in stunning upsets. The Colts' near misses in the Shula era were among the most confounding losses any sports franchise ever suffered. Rarely had a team in any league performed so well, over such an extended period, only to come up empty. The two men had a complex relationship stretching back to their time as young teammates competing for their professional lives. Their personal conflict mirrored their tumultuous times. As they elevated the brutal game of football, the world around them clashed about Vietnam, civil rights, and sex. Collision of Wills looks at the complicated relationship between Don Shula, the league's winningest coach of all time, and his star player Johnny Unitas and how their secret animosity fueled the Colts in an era when their losses were as memorable as their victories.

The Greatest Season - Warwickshire in the summer of 1994 (Hardcover): Patrick Murphy The Greatest Season - Warwickshire in the summer of 1994 (Hardcover)
Patrick Murphy; Photographs by Graham Morris; Foreword by Ian Bell 1
R543 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R47 (9%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Has any county cricket club come close to the success of Warwickshire in the summer of 1994? Boosted by the late signing of Brian Lara, inspired by the maverick captain Dermot Reeve, fine-tuned by the ground-breaking coach Bob Woolmer, the little-fancied Bears won three trophies and were runners-up in the fourth. Patrick Murphy, working for the BBC in the Midlands, saw much of the action that summer, and in 'The Greatest Season' he tells the extraordinary story, drawing on the testimony not only of the team and the backroom staff but of many of their outwitted opponents. Though the tale has its moments of conflict and sadness, 'The Greatest Season' is above all a celebratory book, enhanced by previously unseen images from photographer Graham Morris.

Aston Villa on This Day - History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year (Hardcover): Brian Beard Aston Villa on This Day - History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year (Hardcover)
Brian Beard
R258 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R146 (57%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Aston Villa On This Day revisits all the most magical and memorable moments from the club's distinguished past, mixing in a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistibly dippable diary of Villa history - with an entry for every day of the year. From the club's Victorian foundation by the congregation of Handsworth's Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel through to the Premier League era, Villa's rollercoaster history takes in FA Cup glory from the Victorian age to the 1950s, Third Division ignominy in the early '70s followed by league championship success just a decade later, all crowned by European Cup victory in Rotterdam. Pivotal historic events such as Villa committee man William McGregor's founding of the Football League form a backdrop against which Villa Park heroes - Archie Hunter, Pongo Waring and Peter McParland, Andy Gray, David Platt and Paul McGrath - all loom larger than life.

World's Most Beautiful Castles (Hardcover): Jasmina Trifoni World's Most Beautiful Castles (Hardcover)
Jasmina Trifoni
R878 R720 Discovery Miles 7 200 Save R158 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

When the Roman legions could no longer successfully defend the borders of the Empire, and its territory was prey to raids and invasions by foreign peoples and armies, there arose the need for a new form of defence. Thus were castles born, along with the development of feudalism and the era now known as the Middle Ages. Placed in isolated positions, often on high ground, castles would become more and more widespread throughout Europe and beyond. Increasingly fortified, to respond to the evolving weapons of the day, they would be built in cities as well and become symbols of power, at times transformed into palaces decorated to represent the glory of their lords. This form of architecture flourished not only in Europe, but also in Asia and Africa, due to the Crusades and colonial expansion. Thus it would eventually reach the Americas where more recently it would be repurposed as a form of romantic-gothic architecture and take on new connotations. This book, rich with splendid illustrations and in-depth historical and artistic entries, will take readers on a tour through the world's most beautiful castles, where they will get to know architectural styles of this fortification that has had such importance in human history, and which still today fascinates visitors all around the world.

Guarded by Dragons - Encounters with Rare Books and Rare People (Paperback): Rick Gekoski Guarded by Dragons - Encounters with Rare Books and Rare People (Paperback)
Rick Gekoski
R385 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Rick Gekoski has been traversing the rocky terrain of the rare book trade for over fifty years. The treasure he seeks is scarce, carefully buried and often jealously guarded, knowledge of its hiding place shared through word of mouth like the myths of old. In Guarded by Dragons, Gekoski invites readers into this enchanted world as he reflects on the gems he has unearthed throughout his career. He takes us back to where his love of collecting began - perusing D.H. Lawrence first editions in a slightly suspect Birmingham carpark. What follows are dizzying encounters with literary giants as Gekoski publishes William Golding, plays ping-pong with Salman Rushdie and lunches with Graham Greene. A brilliant stroke of luck sees Sylvia Plath's personal copy of The Great Gatsby fall into Gekoski's lap, only for him to discover the perils of upsetting a Poet Laureate when Ted Hughes demands its return. Hunting for literary treasure is not without its battles and Gekoski boldly breaks the cardinal rule never to engage in a lawsuit with someone much richer than yourself, while also guarding his bookshop from the most unlikely of thieves. The result is an unparalleled insight into an almost mythical world where priceless first editions of Ulysses can vanish, and billionaires will spend as much gold as it takes to own the manuscript of J.K. Rowling's Tales of Beedle the Bard. Engaging, funny and shrewd, Guarded by Dragons is a fascinating discussion on value and worth. At the same time, Gekoski artfully reveals how a manuscript can tell a thousand stories.

World War II Workbook, Grades 6 - 12 (Paperback): George Lee World War II Workbook, Grades 6 - 12 (Paperback)
George Lee
R287 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R37 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Fast Forward, Play, and Rewind (Paperback): Michael Oberman Fast Forward, Play, and Rewind (Paperback)
Michael Oberman
R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Doors, James Brown, the Grateful Dead, the Sir Douglas Quintet, David Bowie-the list goes on. . . . From 1967 to 1973, Michael Oberman interviewed more than three hundred top musical artists. Collected together for the first time, Fast Forward, Play and Rewind presents more than one hundred interviews Oberman conducted with the most important musical artists of the day. Along the way, Oberman touches on the influence of his brother, who interviewed the Beatles and other top artists from 1964 to 1967. He also recounts stories from his later career working for the major Warner-Elektra-Atlantic recording company, where he produced concerts for Cellar Door Productions and managed recording artists. Want to know the true story of how David Bowie became Ziggy Stardust? That and dozens more true tales that might seem like fiction are waiting inside the pages of Fast Forward, Play and Rewind. Each short interview is an invitation for readers to relive (or live for the first time) one of the greatest periods in rock 'n' roll history.

Splash! - 10,000 Years of Swimming (Hardcover, Main): Howard Means Splash! - 10,000 Years of Swimming (Hardcover, Main)
Howard Means 1
R453 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R73 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'This fascinating history of how, where and why humans swim...is perfect reading for those missing a splash-about during the lockdown.' Guardian From the first recorded dip into what's now the driest spot on earth to the recreational swimmers in your local pool, humans have been getting wet for 10,000 years. And for most of modern history, swimming has caused a ripple that touches us all. Splash! dives into Egypt, winds through ancient Greece and Rome, flows mostly underground through the Dark and Middle Ages (at least in Europe), and then re-emerges in the wake of the Renaissance before taking its final lap at the modern Olympic Games. Along the way, it kicks away the idea that swimming is just about speed or great feats of aquatic endurance, revealing how its history spans religion, fashion, architecture, public health, colonialism, segregation, sexism, sexiness, guts, glory and much, much more. As refreshing as jumping into a pool on a hot summer's day, Splash! sweeps across the whole of humankind's swimming history with an irrepressible enthusiasm that will make you crave your next dip.

The Evolution of English Sport (Paperback): Neil Wigglesworth The Evolution of English Sport (Paperback)
Neil Wigglesworth
R1,181 Discovery Miles 11 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This work uses original material from clubs and sporting organizations to illuminate the evolution of sporting activity nation-wide. It relates these documents to themes such as commercialism and club fortunes. It concludes by discussing the outlook for English sport.

Frontier Fare - Recipes and Lore from the Old West (Paperback): Sherry Monahan Frontier Fare - Recipes and Lore from the Old West (Paperback)
Sherry Monahan
R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Drawn from the author's ongoing column in TrueWest Magazine, this cookbook combines myths, nostalgia, and legends with usable, delicious, and fun recipes for use at home or on the trail--all with a western theme. Readers will be surprised to learn the stories behind some of their favorite recipes, and they'll find inspiration from the days of cooking along the trail or in the old iron cook stove in these dishes interpreted for a modern cook's kitchen.

Isabel "Lefty" Alvarez - The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball Star (Hardcover): Kat D. Williams Isabel "Lefty" Alvarez - The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball Star (Hardcover)
Kat D. Williams
R589 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R102 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Kat D. Williams traces Isabel "Lefty" Alvarez's life from her childhood in Cuba, where she played baseball with the boys on the streets of El Cerro, to her reinvention as a professional baseball player and American citizen. Isabel "Lefty" Alvarez gives the reader a look into Alvarez's young life in Cuba during the turbulent years leading up to Castro's revolution, as political differences tore families apart. Alvarez came to the United States at fifteen, speaking no English, and experienced the challenge of immigration as her mother pushed her to become a professional athlete in her newly adopted country. Through all the changes and upheaval, Alvarez found acceptance and success as a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, where she was called "the Rascal of El Cerro." After the league ended, Alvarez struggled with an undiagnosed learning disability that limited her options. She persevered and reinvented herself as a factory worker but later battled alcoholism and depression until baseball returned to her life and she was able to reconnect with her former teammates and become part of the active community of former players. Alvarez's life story illustrates the struggle and strength of a young Latina immigrant and the importance of sport to her transition to her new country and her enduring identity.

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