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This is a fine history of the Dodgers during the O'Malley era. The author provides new insights as to why the Dodgers left Brooklyn and who the real villan behind the move was. The disappointing part of this book is the narration. Many well known baseball names are totally mispronounced, which becomes a source of irritation as the book goes on.
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Really little or no game-changing revelations. Like him or hate him depends on one's perspective. A 50's Steinbrenner? Not quite; more like "paper/rock/scissors" ... played in a forum of the '50's. Rickey, who has no deep pockets, nevertheless slicks and navigates his way up the ladder until he confronts another "slickster" (O'Malley), who has networked his way up that same ladder. But due to better positioning (from being a lawyer) O'Malley can therefor network better and slightly deeper, gain more coin and more power than Rickey. Thus, O'Malley trumps Rickey until the former confronts pure political power without the pure passion for monetary reward (Moses). O'Malley hits the Moses wall and realizes he does not have the " tools" to win in a Moses forum. So O'Malley "sneaks out the back, Jack, builds a new plan, Sam," and reappears in LA where he continues "his game"....quite successfully. "Forever Blue"....nah...this book should be titled: "HE KNEW WHEN TO HOLD 'EM AND WHEN TO FOLD 'EM." Wherever O'Malley is, I hope his eternal his roomie is George Steinbrenner. w