War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War

War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War
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  • eBook:
    War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War
  • Author:
    Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith
  • Edition:
    -
  • Categories:
  • Data:
    March 24, 2020
  • ISBN:
    1541672666
  • ISBN-13:
    9781541672666
  • Language:
    English
  • Pages:
    368 pages
  • Format:
    ePUB

Book Description
A "richly detailed" portrait of the three men whose lives were forever changed by WWI-era Boston (Michael S. Neiberg): baseball star Babe Ruth, symphony conductor Karl Muck, and Harvard Law student Charles Whittlesey.

In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The streets emptied as paranoia about the deadly Spanish flu spread. Newspapermen and vigilante investigators aggressively sought to discredit anyone who looked or sounded German. And as the war raged on, the enemy seemed to be lurking everywhere: prowling in submarines off the coast of Cape Cod, arriving on passenger ships in the harbor, or disguised as the radical lecturing workers about the injustice of a sixty-hour workweek.

War Fever explores this delirious moment in American history through the stories of three men: Karl Muck, the German conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, accused of being an enemy spy; Charles Whittlesey, a Harvard law graduate who became an unlikely hero in Europe; and the most famous baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth, poised to revolutionize the game he loved. Together, they offer a gripping narrative of America at war and American culture

Content

PART ONE. GATHERING CLOUDS
1 “Something That I Don’t Want To!”
2 Muck Raking
3 Out of the Cage
4 The War Game
5 Bang That Old Apple
6 The Keys
7 Family Traditions

PART TWO. THE STORM
8 The Mad Brute
9 The Season of Doubt
10 Welcome to The Show
11 P.O.W. 1046
12 The Great Experiment
13 Slackers and Shipyards
14 Brothers In Arms

PART THREE. THE FLOOD
15 A Death in Pig Town
16 The Shadow of War
17 In God’s Hands
18 “Whether You’ll Hear from Me Again I Don’t Know”
19 Into the Valley of Death
20 “Please Don’t Write About Me”
21 Armistice
22 The Revolution
23 Homecoming

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