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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Fighters” On Americans In Combat, By C.J. Chivers

The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

By C.J. Chivers

Simon & Schuster; hardcover $28.00

On this 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, it is time to reflect on the wars that the United States has fought since then in Iraq and Afghanistan.

C.J. Chivers, a former Marine infantry officer and a Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times reporter, has been covering these wars since their origins, on scene minutes after the first passenger jet hit the World Trade Center.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Beyond Broadway Joe” On The Jets Winning Super Bowl III

Beyond Broadway Joe: The Super Bowl TEAM That Changed Football

By Bob Lederer

Dey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $27.99; available this Tuesday, September 11

The New York Jets, then of the American Football League, stunned the heavily favored Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, in Super Bowl III on January 12, 1969.

Jets quarterback Joe Namath, known to all as “Broadway Joe,” became synonymous with victory and was transformed into a household name.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: A Trip Back To 1970s Brooklyn In “Car Trouble” By Rorke

Car Trouble: A Novel

By Robert Rorke

Harper Perennial; paperback, $15.99; available this Tuesday, September 11

Once upon a time, before it became the cool spot to be and a haven for hipsters, Brooklyn was a rough-edged and industrial outer borough.

New York Post TV columnist Robert Rorke offers an intimate look at Brooklyn in the 1970s and what it meant to be a “Brooklynite” long before brownstones and Utica Avenue were regarded as prime real estate in his fierce debut novel, Car Trouble.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Jeff Pearlman On The USFL & The Donald In “Football For A Buck”

Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL

By Jeff Pearlman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, $28.00; available this Tuesday, September 11

How does a league that faded from existence over three decades ago still fascinate people today?

Well, when it was a league stocked with superstars and one of the most prominent owners went on to be President, you can see why.

Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of eight books, looks at this league in the new book Football For a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Man Of War” By Sean Parnell

Man Of War: A Novel

By Sean Parnell

William Morrow; hardcover; $27.99; avaialble Tuesday, September 11

U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell, a recipient of two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, was 24 years old when he was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon, which came to be known as the Outlaws. He was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan’s eastern frontier.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Kid Start-Up” By Mark Cuban

Kid Start-Up: How You Can Become an Entrepreneur

By Mark Cuban, Shaan Patel, and Ian McCue

Diversion Books; paperback, $15.00

Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and star of the hit TV show Shark Tank, has teamed up with two young and successful entrepreneurs Shaan Patel and Ian McCue to write Kid Start-Up: How You Can Become an Entrepreneur.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Cloudbuster Nine,” One Of The Greatest Baseball Teams Ever

The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II

By Anne R. Keene

Sports Publishing; hardcover, $26.99

2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the debut of one of baseball’s most historic teams, led by Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain.

In 1943, while the Yankees and Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that season’s World Series, one of the nation’s strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Brooklyn Dodgers History

The Brooklyn Dodgers are one of baseball’s most storied teams, and there are three new books out chronicling what made them so special: Jackie Robinson: An Integrated Life by J. Christopher Schutz; Handsome Random Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer by Ransom Jackson, Jr., with Gaylon H. White; and Hugh Casey: The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Brooklyn Dodger by Lyle Spatz.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Leibovich On The Current State Of NFL In “Big Game”

Big Game: The NFL In Dangerous Times

By Mark Leibovich

Penguin Press; hardcover, $28.00; available today, Tuesday, September 4

Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, examines in the NFL in the age of Trump, how it has become another battleground in the culture wars in his new book, Big Game: The NFL In Dangerous Times.

The NFL is an an era of explosive revenue growth, as shown by all the deluxe new stadiums across the country, and has become America’s most popular sport and its secular religion, with over 20 million people tuned in every Sunday in the fall.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Stylist” By Rosie Nixon

The Stylist

By Rosie Nixon

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; paperback, $15.99; available Tuesday, September 4

Rosie Nixon, Hello! Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, is out with her debut novel, The Stylist.

Amber Green, a kooky 20-something trying to make her mark in the fashion world, navigates a Hollywood  award season after going from fashion boutique employee to assistant for the stylist to the stars.

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