I just finished reading The Era: 1947-1957 when the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers ruled the world by Roger Kahn. Overall this is a great book about some great baseball teams, but here are some specific thoughts.
- It was good, but depressing, to hear the details of what ended the promising career of Pete Reiser.
- Kahn does a good job of putting those years in baseball into context with historical events happening off of the field.
- While I love that I got to grow up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, I finished this book hating Walter O’Malley even more than I already did.
- I was disappointed that Kahn spent the first approximately 300 pages covering the first six years of the Era and about 40 or so pages covering the last four (the Dodgers winning their first World Series and the Bums and Giants leaving New York for California).
It’s a good read and I recommend it, but I also suggest that you check out Bums: an Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers by Peter Golenbock.