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Nicholas Dawidoff
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Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four books. One of them, The Fly Swatter, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and another, In the Country of Country, was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Conde Nast Traveller. His first book, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life Of Moe Berg was a national bestseller and appeared on many 1994 best book lists. In May, Pantheon will publish The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness and Baseball. He is also the editor of the Library of America’s Baseball: A Literary Anthology. A graduate of Harvard... Read More

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The Catcher Was a Spy
The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $16.95

The only Major League ballplayer whose baseball card is on display at the headquarters of the CIA, Moe Berg has the singular distinction of having both a 15-year career as a catcher for such teams as the New York Robins and the Chicago White Sox and that of a spy for... Read more >
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The Catcher Was a Spy
The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 2011
Price: $12.99

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The Crowd Sounds Happy
A Story of Love and Madness in an American Family
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.00

Growing up in a doomed hometown with a missing father and a single mother, Nicholas Dawidoff listened to baseball every night on his bedside radio, the professional ballplayers gradually becoming the men in his life. A portrait of a childhood shaped by a stoical, enterprising mother, a disturbed, dangerous father, the... Read more >
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The Crowd Sounds Happy
A Story of Love, Madness, and Baseball
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Fly Swatter
Portrait of an Exceptional Character
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $14.95

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

The most interesting lives are not always the best-known lives, and this is the account of a truly fascinating person. The stories of Alexander Gerschenkron—his great escapes, his vivid wit, his feuds, his flirtations, and his supremely cultured mind—are the stuff of legend.

Born in... Read more >

In the Country of Country
A Journey to the Roots of American Music
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 2011
Price: $14.99

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In the Country of Country
A Journey to the Roots of American Music
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $18.95

From the author of the bestselling The Catcher Was a Spy comes an exhilarating exploration of the performers, places, and experiences which form country music—a genre which is uniquely and authentically American.

In this evocative book, Dawidoff pays tribute to the music that sprang from places like Maces Springs, Viriginia, home of... Read more >
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