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Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “His Final Battle”

“His Final Battle” by Joseph Lelyveld is the story of the final 16 months of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life. He was dying with limited time to live. He knew it, but few, if any other than his personal physician, shared that knowledge. He learned in March 1944 that his congestive heart condition would be fatal. That would remain a secret even from his wife. With

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Art of Racing in the Rain”

Eric Nadel is the voice of the Texas Rangers. He has been recognized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. He is a longtime associate and friend and he is a reader. I caught up with him on the Rangers’ trip to Baltimore. Nadel not only reads, but believes in supporting the book business, by visiting

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Maples Stories”

John Updike is recognized as a giant of the writing world, his fiction having covered the bestseller and positive review lists for decades, “The Maples Stories” is a collection of 18 works that he penned over five decades. They are the stories of a marriage between Richard and Joan Maple. They are the stories of his own married life to the point that some have

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Waste Land and Other Writings”

Written in 1922, T.S. Eliot’s epic poem, “The Waste Land,” is considered a masterpiece of poetic writing. The characters in the poem are many, the sense of depression drips from their stories and there is little politeness in this work. Eliot wrote this in the aftermath World War I in a world of chaos and change. He himself struggled to figure out where mankind was

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