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Publisher's Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author captures baseball's essence in this account of a dramatic three-game series viewed through the eyes of legendary St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

Through 25 years of managing, Tony La Russa has won more games than any current manager. He's the most strategically adept and arguably the smartest manager in baseball, and he still believes that games are won not by statistics, but by the hearts and minds of the players.

Given unprecedented access to La Russa and his team, best-selling journalist Bissinger captures baseball's strategic and emotional essence. We watch from the dugout as La Russa's Cardinals take on their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, in a thrilling three-game series.

Some of the greatest players of our time grace the lineups: Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Scott Rolen, Mark Prior. La Russa, a 40-year veteran of the game, shows why he's so revered. And Bissinger's laser-beam focus uncovers surprising truths about the pathology of slumps, the art of beanball retaliation, the eccentricities of pitchers, and the timelessness of the game. His swinging prose brings every moment gloriously to life.

©2005 Tony La Russa and H.G. Bissinger; (P)2005 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"Enthralling." (Booklist)
"Mixing classic baseball stories with little-known details and an exclusive perspective, this work should appeal to any baseball fan." (Publishers Weekly)
"With a knack for detail, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author picks apart the fundamentals of the game, enters the mind of one of baseball's greats, and provides the reader with a front row seat. His ability to bring to life America's pastime is wholly provocative and excruciatingly detailed." (Bookmarks Magazine)

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  • Peter
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 11-18-05

Book with good premise follows through

I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to truly understand some of the layers of baseball that you don't normally think about. This book is not just for fans of the Cardinals or Larussa because most of it can be applied to any facet of any baseball team.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Why we love Baseball!

This book is about everything that is great and not so great about baseball. Great to listen too because it reveals the why and how this great game works and why we love it so much. The best insight about what really goes on behind the scenes and in front of the fan. If you want to learn and be entertained then this is one of the best listens I have had the pleasure to put on my iPod. Beautiful!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The Best

I have been a baseball fan all of my life. I have played baseball, coached and managed youth baseball teams. This is the best book on the Game that I have ever read or listened to. It is superbly written and wonderfully read. It is so much more than a just a look into one man's life in the Game, it is a timeless look into the intricacy and beauty of baseball.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tc
  • 09-26-07

Great!

A terrific insight into the gamesmanship involved in what naively might be thought of as a 'kids' game'. Will help any reader appreciate baseball at a new level.

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  • Philip
  • Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • 09-20-05

Beautiful Baseball

The writing is superb, the narration stellar. If you ever cared about baseball (and I don't as much as I used to), this is a compelling book about the beauty of the game. Even in this era of spoiled multi-millionaire players, there is still passion in the game, and you can feel it in each chapter of Three Nights in August.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Three Nights in August

This is a well written book whose knowledge of baseball is up to the task. The author Buzz Bissinger shows this in many ways; most importantly to me is the mention of Charley Lau who is one of baseball?s great teachers of hitting.

It did not hurt that the author makes a slight reference to Samuel Beckett?s Waiting for Godot, for I am also a Beckett reader.


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A Must-Read for serious baseball fans!

Such a well-constructed story. If you love the game of baseball, you really need to give this book a nod.

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Real inside baseball!

you don't have to be a Cardinals fan to enjoy this meticulously written piece of work, although I am!

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Great Fall reading!

This is an excellent description of the thoughts words and actions of Tony LaRussa during a three-game series between the Cardinals and the Cubs in 2003. It's great reading in the fall, as we all pay more attention to every pitch and every play in what is still America's pastime.

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Nothing like it

The level of detail is fascinating. I enjoyed the book though it was, by its subject matter, somewhat dry. For anyone who is curious about the strategy of baseball that occurs behind the scenes, this is a good read.