Book Review: A Nice Little Place on the North Side

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A Nice Little Place on the North Side
Wrigley Field at One Hundred
By George F. Will

In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history? Winding beautifully like Wrigley's iconic ivy, Will's meditation on "The Friendly Confines" examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field's legend and the larger than life characters - from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher and Banks - who brought it glory heartbreak and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team the Cubs' future and what keeps long suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility. In the end A Nice Place on the North Side is more than just a history of a ballpark. It is the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of America itself. 

George F. Will is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with his twice-weekly syndicated column appearing in more than five hundred newspapers and online news sources. He is a Fox News contributor and the author of thirteen books. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the Bradley Prize for outstanding intellectual achievement he lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

When I ordered this book I assumed it was just going to be one of those hero stories, filled with people who made it big at Wrigley Field. It's more than that though, and seems more like an anthropology, or sociology book on baseball and America. If you liked Redemption  or Raise Him Up I think you'll really like this sports oriented book. But even if you're interested in history, a nice little place on the North side is worth looking at. 

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