The Devil's Snake Curve

The Devil's Snake Curve

A Fan's Notes From Left Field

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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"The Devil's Snake Curve offers an alternative American history, in which colonialism, jingoism, capitalism, and faith are represented by baseball. Personal and political, it twines Japanese internment camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the Kansas City Royals; and facial hair patterns with militarism, Guantanamo, and the modern security state. An essay, a miscellany, and a passionate unsettling of Josh Ostergaard's relationship with our national pastime, it allows for both the clover of a childhood outfield and the persistence of the game's service to those in power. America and baseball are both hard to love or leave in this, by turns coruscating and heartfelt, debut." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781566893459
Branch Call Number: 796.357 OSTERGA
Characteristics: 253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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SCL_Justin Jun 12, 2018

This is a fragmented history of baseball (mostly Major League) and its connections to structures of history and society and individuals. In the afterword Ostergaard talks about the subjectivity of his approach to history and why, like Mark Twain, he included untruths in service toward the larger truth he was getting at. I really liked the book and appreciated the perspective the author brought.


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