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Sir Duke

Man, do I ever miss El Duque. He was the king of style.

If you’ve never read The Duke of Havana, put it on your holiday wish list. Reads more like a Graham Greene novel than a baseball biography.

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1 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 29, 2011 9:48 am

that was a GREAT book, what a bunch of characters

2 glennstout   ~  Nov 29, 2011 11:35 am

As I understand it, the failure of this book to sell was absolutely confounding. It had EVERYTHING going for it - great reviews, great press, (I think it got the NYTimes book review cover) serial placement, etc., and went nowhere, almost as if, in an odd way, it was above the readership. AS Joaquin Andujar said, "You can sum it all up in one word - youneverknow."

3 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 29, 2011 12:14 pm

[2] I think the fact that it was kinda a niche subject may have hurt it. People thinking "well I'm not a Yankee fan so I won't have any interest in this," which is unfortunate because it's not just a good baseball book...it's just a really good piece of journalism period.

HBO should snatch up the movie rights for cheap, I'm sure they could turn it into something good.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 29, 2011 12:56 pm

4) Yeah, it read like a movie, didn't it?

5 Dimelo   ~  Nov 29, 2011 8:55 pm

[4] Yeah, it's definitely one of my favorite baseball books.

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