Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “James Joyce”

For those who would like to learn more about James Joyce, but are not prepared to sit down with the pages of lengthy biographies, Edna O’Brien’s “James Joyce” is a worthy read. O’Brien explores the forces that drove Joyce as a writer, which necessitates a continual look at his life and times. Joyce was forever the troubled writer. He excessive drinking lead to personal and ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Nuremberg Legacy”

Norbert Ehrenfreund covered the Nuremberg trials as a journalist for the Stars and Stripes. He went on to become a lawyer and judge in California. Thus, “The Nuremberg Legacy “brings an insight from one who witnessed what went on at the trials and the insight of an attorney who has given great thought to what the trials meant then and now. Throughout “The Nuremberg Legacy,” ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Curtain and The Mysterious Affair at Styles”

Sometimes one needs to read just for the joy of it all. Such is the love for Agatha Christie’s works that have survived multitudinous changes in societies worldwide. The 1975 publication of Christie’s “Curtain and The Mysterious Affair at Styles” is a combination of a beginning and an end. “Styles” was the first book she published and “Curtain” was the last of her works involving ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: Baseball trilogy by Harold Seymour

A great treat to share the Hitting the Books page with a fellow play-by-play announcer - in this case, Bob Carpenter, the television voice of the Nationals on MASN. As Bob says, the baseball history books by Harold Seymour that Bob presents were indeed on the shelf in the broadcast booth. I had told Bob the night before I wanted to do a segment with ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Undoing Project”

“The Undoing Project” is from Michael Lewis, the author of “Moneyball,” and again we have the exploration of the way we think and why we make decisions, only this is on a level far beyond selecting players for a baseball team. “Moneyball” was the story was of Billy Beane and the use of statistics and software as a new way of defining the worth of ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Hero of the Empire”

I guess sometimes you just know. Winston Churchill just knew he was going to be the prime minister of England, and early on he set our to show a nation that he was right for that job. For Churchill, that meant joining the armed forces and looking for trouble. He found it, and that is the subject of Candice Millard’s “Hero of the Empire,” about ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises”

“I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together, and I always had a suspicion that perhaps Robert Cohn had never been middleweight boxing champion, and that perhaps a horse had stepped on his facer, or that maybe his mother has been frightened or seen something, or that he had, maybe, bumped into something as a young child, but I finally ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Born Standing Up”

Would you like to sit down and have a conversation with Steve Martin about his life in comedy? Just read his book, “Born Standings Up,” and that’s what you receive. This book was as fun to read as watching Martin perform. He writes in a casual, succinct, conversational tone that invites you into the book. Why would someone atop the comedy world just shut it ... read more