Books by Peter Golenbock

Released: March 25, 2014

"A soufflé of anecdote, revenge served cold and self-promotion."
A Hall of Fame umpire calls the game of his own life, concluding, "By God, I loved every minute of it." Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2012

"The author's determination to complete a case that at times drove him to despair and brought him to the edge of bankruptcy is admirable, but the meticulous detail occasionally verges on excruciating."
A celebrated criminal lawyer's tell-all memoir about the tumultuous years he spent defending supposed Florida "baby killer" Casey Anthony. Read full book review >
ABCS OF BASEBALL by Peter Golenbock
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"Golenbeck definitely conveys more than the facts. An entry for J says it all: 'Joy: What you feel watching the game.' (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Words and phrases associated with the national pastime are explained for young fans. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Colorful individual tales, woven together to paint a collective portrait of an extremely liberal, vibrant, exciting and deeply beloved borough."
Oddly structured yet satisfying oral history from sportswriter Golenbock (7, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 2006

"The Allison story, told with thrusting energy, even while tragedy after tragedy sucks the air out of the room."
Bestselling sportswriter Golenbock (Amazin', 2002, etc.) chronicles the terrible toll stock-car racing has taken on NASCAR legend Bobby Allison and those close to him. Read full book review >
Released: March 29, 2002

"Not just for die-hard Mets fans, this will appeal to all readers who want to better understand the game and business of major-league baseball. (b&w photos throughout)"
Prolific sports author Golenbock (Wrigleyville, 1996, etc.) crafts a mosaic of anecdotes, interviews, and photographs to retell the New York Mets' colorful history. Read full book review >
HANK AARON by Peter Golenbock
Released: April 1, 2001

"Pair this for the perfect spring story hour with Lesa Cline-Ransome's Satchel Paige (not reviewed) and Elisha Cooper's Ballpark (1998). (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The veteran sportswriter, whom readers will remember from his affecting story of Jackie Robinson and PeeWee Reese (Teammates, 1990), takes the real-life tale of baseball slugger Hank Aaron and fashions it into a fable of hope, endurance, and faith. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 1999

A stock-car racing hero who came back from horrible injuries sullies his image somewhat in this thinly veiled screed against them what wronged him. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 28, 1997

"Should not be missed. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
An outstanding four-decade overview of American social history masquerading as an impossibly entertaining sports tell-all. Read full book review >
WRIGLEYVILLE by Peter Golenbock
Released: March 4, 1996

"Anecdotally interesting, but Golenbock could have done more legwork in some crucial areas, most notably Banks's outstanding career. (50 b&w photos)"
An okay history of the hapless but beloved Chicago Cubs, a baseball team that hasn't won a World Series since 1908 or played in one since 1945. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 1994

"Much of this is a rehashing of the author's earlier books on the Yankees, but it will, nonetheless, stir up controversy by reopening old wounds."
Golenbock barely stays within the foul lines in this Baseball Babylon catalogue of the late Yankees manager's career, his celebrated fistfights, hangovers, trysts with underage women, and battles with owners, players, and the press. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Not for casual readers—but sure to get stock-car enthusiasts' engines running."
Golenbock, best known for baseball histories (Fenway, 1992; The Forever Boys, 1991, etc.), now turns his diligent attention to stock-car racing—a sport he calls ``chess on wheels.'' In what's primarily an oral history patched together with generous helpings of his own commentary, Golenbock enthusiastically examines the history, personalities, and ins-and-outs of NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 1992

"The annotated text includes detailed statistical data and 16 pages of illustrations (not seen)."
A lengthy and lively history of Boston's heartbreak kids, the Red Sox, from chaotic start (when, as a charter member of the American League, they were known as the ``Pilgrims'') to unavailing present (with the club's near-miss finishes still the despair of fans). Read full book review >

The Boys of Winter might be a more appropriate title; none of the players in baseball's new Senior League will last forever—not with sagging guts and creaking limbs in this 35-years-plus crowd—but they do fill the diamonds from November to March, making America's greatest sport a year-round festival, as Golenbock (The Bronx Zoo, Bums, etc.) demonstrates in his report from the trenches. Read full book review >