Voices of Brookline
Larry Ruttman gathers the entertaining, historical, and incisive testimony of seventy diverse Brookline citizens and weaves it into a rich oral history. The result is a colorful portrait of a town deeply committed to all that America strives for: multicultural harmony, excellence in public education, the democratic ideals inherent in Brookline’s spirited Town Meeting, economic prosperity, and historic and environmental preservation.
Voices of Brookline is itself a beautiful exercise in democracy. Here are the voices of famous authors, single moms, Red Sox fans, celebrated musicians, Holocaust survivors, a distinguished conductor, a world class chef, high school kids, renowned politicians, the chief of police, octogenarian jazz performers, pioneering entrepreneurs, nationally celebrated TV journalists, and many more.
American Jews and America's Game
Most fans don’t know how far the Jewish presence in baseball extends beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Ausmus, Youkilis, Braun, and Kinsler. In fact, that presence extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg, officials Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, sportswriters Murray Chass, Ross Newhan, Ira Berkow, and Roger Kahn, and even famous Jewish baseball fans like Alan Dershowitz and Barney Frank.
The life stories of these and many others, on and off the field, have been compiled from nearly fifty in-depth interviews and arranged by decade in this edifying and entertaining work of oral and cultural history. In American Jews and America’s Game each person talks about growing up Jewish and dealing with Jewish identity, assimilation, intermarriage, future viability, religious observance, anti-Semitism, and Israel. Each tells about being in the midst of the colorful pantheon of players who, over the past seventy-five years or more, have made baseball what it is. Their stories tell, as no previous book has, the history of the larger-than-life role of Jews in America’s pastime.