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BigFredMachine
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I'm a fan of non-fiction books. I particularly like books that go behind-the-scenes in movies, TV shows, events, etc. Some examples from my bookcase:

Lost Moon (made into the movie Apollo 13)
The Big Show (behind the Keith & Dan Sportscenter)
Gasping for Airtime (Jay Mohr's account of SNL)
Long Bomb (XFL)

You get the idea. Amy good suggestions on books I should pick up? I'm looking to stock up.

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Ball Four - about the behind the scenes workings of Baseball - 1969 season with a former Yankee star playing for an expansion team

A season on the Brink - Behind the scenes look at a season at Indiana with Bobby Knight at the helm

Edit: apparently, I am unable to spell the plural of "Scene" correctly.

Ok, you might be interested in "inside the Magic Kingdom" - guess what - it's about Disney, but the corporate side

The Nordstrom Way - inside that company

Nuts! (it's about Southwest airlines)

The Wal-Mart way

Jack and Winning - both by Jack Welch and both (mostly) abuout GE.

And I would suggest "Freakonomics" just for it's crazy social stuff. You may recall that Bill Bennett, Education Secretary under Reagan was recently widely quoted saying something to the effect of if all black babies were aborted there would be a drop in the crime rate. The discussion that was lifted from concerned this book - basically an insider's guide to economics. It's on my list but I haven't gotten to it yet.

I have read all the others except the Nordstrom book. (My boss suggested that one)


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bash91
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I'd second the recommendation for Ball Four without any reservations. Jim Bouton tells a really good story that actually leaves you wanting more. I'd also recommend Ron Luciano's The Umpire Strikes Back for those who like slightly more comedic books.

In a different genre, I can't recommend Jerome Agel's The Making of Kubrick's 2001 highly enough. It is sometimes hard to find but it is probably the single best resource I had when I was working on my MA and trying to write extensively about the adaptive process as it relates to science fiction adaptations.

Tim



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