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Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan Hardcover – 30 Jul 2012

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (30 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803229844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803229846
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,471,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An intelligent, well-crafted account of an important period in the history of U.S.-Japan relations. Painstakingly researched, rich in color and detail, it goes beyond baseball, illuminating the social, economic, and political life of a distant era, the impact of which can still be seen today. --Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa and The Meaning of Ichiro.

How did two nations that shared the values of the same national pastime go from baseballs to bullets? Historian Rob Fitts tells a dark tale of baseball caught between democracy and fascism in prewar Japan. Banzai Babe Ruth is a sayonara home run! --John Thorn, official historian for Major League Baseball.

About the Author

Robert K. Fitts graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and received a PhD from Brown University. Originally trained as an archeologist of colonial America, Fitts left that field to focus on his passion, Japanese baseball. He is also the author of Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game and Wally Yonamine: The Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball (Nebraska, 2008).

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