ENNANT FOR THE KREMLIN by Paul Molloy

ENNANT FOR THE KREMLIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here is a bright and delightful conceit, and idea almost hilarious enough to wear through at least half of the soggy clichÉs weighting the tale. It seems that old Mr. Childers, solon of almost half a score of plush hotels, has seen fit to leave his all to the Russian government in the interests of world peace. The hotels hold little interest for the beneficiaries, in spite of a fleeting thought to name them ""The Peoples Hotels of Distinction,"" but the other notable property, namely the Chicago White Sox, is heartily accepted, and Mr. Deborin, deputy chairman of the Central Council of the All-Union Committee on Sports and Culture, arrives to manage the team. The initial uproar is stilled as the White Sox begin to win, under perhaps the influence of a new profit sharing scheme, Mr. Deborin's energetic efforts to understand base-ball, and lovely Tasia, his daughter. Wins and crowds grow, but the nasty Bukharov, thwarted in his attempt to hoist aloft the ""home and sickle"" in the park, and distribute the Daily Worker, imports a team from Cuba, who immediately asks asylum. A U.N. crisis ensues during the Series, but Deborin defects, Tasia is engaged to a player, and the Russians huff off. Fun -- for all those in the outfield.

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 1964
Publisher: Doubleday