501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die.

Author:Kipp, Andrew
Position:Book review

Ron Kaplan (author); 501 BASEBALL BOOKS FANS MUST READ BEFORE THEY DIE; University of Nebraska Press (Nonfiction: Sports & Recreation) 24.95 ISBN: 9780803240735

Byline: Andrew Kipp

This book of books contains all you need to know about baseball, including controversies, category by category.

Ron Kaplan has created the ultimate baseball literature encyclopedia with his new book, 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. The book about books includes everything a fanatic or casual follower of the sport could ask for. It covers the history of America's great pastime from the post-industrial age all the way up to the current modern era. The various publications within this compilation aren't ranked, but rather categorized in the hope that "they will provide an entry into the fascinating world of baseball literature, with its connections to other areas one might not normally associate with the game."

Kaplan is a sports and features writer and editor for the New Jersey Jewish News. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Baseball America, and Mental Floss.

501 Baseball Books is much more than a book about baseball books. The works in Kaplan's anthology feature discourse on race, gender, politics, economics, war, religion, and other important topics. A lot of the featured books put these issues in a historical context in relation to the sport, while others shed light on them from a more contemporary perspective.

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