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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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  • 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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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.

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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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Leave out the f word and save about 1/3 of the book. Legalistic with little heart. You can thank him for 10 pitchers a game.

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  • 04-08-21

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Well written, well narrated. Good baseball story no matter how long ago the game was played. Go Cards!

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Awesome insight into LaRussa & a manager's work

I loved this book, as it's an incredibly detailed analysis of the challenges facing not just any Big League manager but goes deep into the life and work of Hall of Fame skipper Tony LaRussa during the 2003 season. I was fascinated to read this as Tony has just come back to lead my Chicago White Sox and I was eager to learn more about how he sees the game and plans his strategies. What an education! I'm very excited for the upcoming season and there's something here for any baseball fan to take away, from knowledge to pure entertainment. The prose is poetic but also dialed-in in the best traditions of great sports books, not only in describing the scenes and context but in making you feel like you have been alongside Tony in the clubhouses & dugouts. The narrator does a great job of putting intensity into every situation as needed and makes one voice sound like several over the course of the book. Highly recommended.

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Loved it great book

This book was excellent and I could not stop listening until I had it finished. As a baseball fan this is definitely one you will want to add to your collection.