Fly Swatter Portrait of an Exceptional Character

ISBN-10: 0375700064

ISBN-13: 9780375700064

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Nicholas Dawidoff

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In The Fly Swatter, Nicholas Dawidoff--bestselling author of The Catcher Was a Spy--vividly reconstructs the life of his grandfather, Alexander Gerschenkron-the Harvard professor who knew the most. A fascinating character, Gerschenkron feuded with Vladimir Nabokov and John Kenneth Galbraith, flirted with Marlene Dietrich, and played chess with Marcel Duchamp and one-upped both Isiah Berlin and (allegedly) Ted Williams. At Harvard, this celebrated polyglot was known as “The Great Gerschenkron.” He was an influential economic theorist who knew twenty languages and so much about so many other things that he was offered chairs in three departments. All this after beginning life with traumatic dramatic escapes from the Bolsheviks (in 1920) and the Nazis (in 1938). Riveting and eloquent, The Fly Swatter's most unusual accomplishment is that it succeeds in telling the extraordinary story of a man's soul.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

NICHOLAS DAWIDOFF is an internationally acclaimed baseball expert and the author of four books. One of them, The Fly Swatter, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and his first book, The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, was a national bestseller and appeared on many best book lists. Dawidoff is also the editor of the Library of America’s Baseball: A Literary Anthology.

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