‘Summer of 68’ Book Review

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on April 22, 2012

Summer of 68
By Tim Wendell
Hardcover 272 pages ($25)

A look at one of America’s most tumultuous years through the prism of baseball, this riveting account masterfully weaves the social turbulence of 1968 into a narrative of one of the game’s most memorable seasons. With the country torn by Vietnam, reeling from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and rocked by rioting in more than 100 cities, baseball provided a much-needed distraction—and provided the stage for an unprecedented summer drama that culminated in a dynamic duel between Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers and Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals, two pitchers for whom the World Series that year had a special significance that extended far beyond the mound.

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