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The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg | [Nicholas Dawidoff]

The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg

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 the OSS during World War II. Here, Dawidoff provides "a careful and sympathetic biography" (Chicago Sun-Times) of this enigmatic man.
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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 the OSS during World War II. Here, Dawidoff provides "a careful and sympathetic biography" (Chicago Sun-Times) of this enigmatic man.

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    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 05-01-14
    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 05-01-14
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    "An interesting topic made horribly dull!"

    When I saw this book, just the title made me intrigued, and the premise sounded really fascinating, so I purchased it, to my regret. I wasted too many hours listening to this book.

    The main problem is that the author goes into way too many details that are completely unnecessary. I really didn't need to know, or frankly care to know, Moe Berg's box scores for each and every game he caught in his long baseball career! Fortunately, he didn't play very often, so I didn't have to muddle through hundreds of games.

    I stuck with the book, hoping the section on his work for the OSS would be more interesting, but I was disappointed yet again. Once again, the author made a fascinating subject become extremely boring!

    This topic has so much potential to become a really interesting book! Moe Berg actually went to law school at the same time that he was playing catcher in Major League Baseball! His nickname to everyone was "The Professor," and he was very brilliant. Periodically, I saw so many areas where I thought the book would have done well to expand on, only to find it making another abrupt turn back to the box scores of his games. The section on the OSS could have been really interesting too, but once again, the author was too interested in including every single detail, which overwhelmed and drowned out the interesting parts.

    I finally gave up on the book about 3/4 of the way through it, and I almost never give up on a book! I gave the story 2 stars just because there were things that I thought were interesting, but I'm not sure that it really deserves even those, sad to say!

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