5 thoughts on “Summer of ’68

  1. I wanted to like this book. I enjoy baseball and the other sports Wendel mentions, and I teach high school history, so I was hoping this would be a book I could recommend to high school boys obsessed with sports, who don’t necessarily like to read.
    The book is at its best when Wendel writes about the Tigers and the Cardinals. When he jumps between football, (something I paid more attention to as a ten year old in 1968) and basketball, then mixes it in with the social and political events of the

  2. I first started watching baseball in 1968 so this book has an extremely sentimental appeal to me. If I were to put sentimentality aside, I would mention that the book is sort of disjointed, jumping from pure baseball stories to non-baseball issues such as Vince Lombardi, Jim Ryun, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, and John Carlos in somewhat arbitrary fashion. The author also doesn’t convincingly prove that the summer of 1968 changed baseball or America forever. But I’m all about sentimentalit

  3. Ever finish a book, feel slightly let down, but not know why?

    I can’t quite put my finger on a reason, but, Summer of 68 did not quite live up to my expectations. Sure, the narrative was crisp, the characters interesting, and the subject matter entertaining. I learned a great deal about Bob Gibson, Denny Mclain, Curt Flood, Willie Horton, and more. I got a much better sense of the chronology of events that made 1968 an unforgettable year in American History. And I came away convinced that baseba

  4. Tim Wendel is a modern baseball writer who taps into the American vein that David Halberstam, Roger Kahn, and Charles Einstein access in their work. No sport better tells the history of this country than baseball. Using baseball as a spring point, Wendel spins a marvelously compelling tale, weaving the assassinations of Dr. King and RFK, the Vietnam War, the birth of the Superbowl, and the ’68 Olympics into his narrative seamlessly.

    As he does this, Wendel brings us up close to Denny McClain, Bob

  5. a breezy read, with some detailed interviews (always key in these types of books; i hate writers who rely too heavily on published sources when they could be adding MORE primary source baseball history to the mix) forming the meat of a definitive recap of the low-scoring, low-drama 1968 season (except for the epic WS, recounted here in game summaries that somehow aren’t a misery to read). that said, wendel’s clearly reaching here in connecting all of this 68-era stuff…but he did find the conne

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