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BrooklynFans Of Books: “RED CARD” On The FIFA Scandal

RED CARD: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal

By Ken Bensinger

Simon & Schuster, $28.00

As the World Cup in Russia nears its conclusion this weekend with Croatia and France in the Final on Sunday, let’s take a look back at how the Kremlin was named host.

Ken Bensinger, an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed News, gives the definitive account of the FIFA scandal and how American investigators unraveled the biggest international corruption case in sports history, in his new book, RED CARD.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Last Castle” Looks At The Gilded Age

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and America’s Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home

By Denise Kiernan

Touchstone, $17.00

Denise Kiernan, author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls of Atomic City, is out with a new work focusing on the Biltmore Estate, The Last Castle, a story of unimaginable excess, devastating tragedy, inspiring generosity, and unlikely endurance.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: On Soccer

(Red Bull Arena – Photo by Jason Schott)

As the World Cup marches on, it’s time to look at a couple of soccer books out now on the beautiful game. The Life and Career of David Beckham: Football Legend, Cultural Icon by Tracey Savell Reavis explores the English soccer star who has become a major celebrity in the United States. A History Of The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team by Clemente A. Lisi looks at the history of our team, including how they earned a spot in the 1990 World Cup to their historic run at the event in 2002.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Everyday Monet” By Aileen Bordman

Everyday Monet: A Giverny-Inspired Gardening and Lifestyle Guide to Living Your Best Impressionist Life

By Aileen Bordman

Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, $26.99

Ailenne Bordman, who has been inspired by the beauty of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s home and paintings, has created a one-of-a-kind book of gardening, design, and lifestyle steeped in the history and aesthetic of the celebrated artist, Everyday Monet.

Dissatisfied with her life as a Wall Street stock broker, Bordman gave that up to immerse herself in the work of Monet, one of the founders of French Impressionist painting whose esteemed works capturing the simple beauties of fin de siècle French life, from waterlilies to haystacks, have fetched astonishing sums at private auction houses and can be found in the greatest art museums around the globe.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “All The Dreams We’ve Dreamed” On Chicago Hoops

All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side

By Rus Bradburd

Chicago Review Press, 288 pages, $26.99

As a graduate of Marshall High School and a former member of its storied men’s basketball team, Shawn Harrington was excited to return to the school, located in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood, as an assistant coach.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “We Are The Clash”

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, And The Last Stand Of A Band That Mattered

By Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki

Akashic Books, Brooklyn NY, available today, July 3, 400 pages, $18.95

The revolutionary rock band The Clash was a paradox of revolutionary conviction, musical ambition, and commercial drive.

We Are The Clash, by Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki, is a gripping tale of the band’s struggle to reinvent itself as George Orwell’s 1984 loomed. This bold campaign crashed headlong into a wall of internal contradictions and rising right-wing power.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Blame It On Bianca Del Rio

Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything

By Bianca Del Rio

Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, $21.99

Bianca Del Rio is the cheeky, larger-than-life drag queen and outrageous comic who blasted her name in the annals of pop culture on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Thanks to her snarky frankness, impeccable comedic timing, and politically incorrect humor, she became the show’s breakout star, winning its sixth season.

Fierce, funny, and fabulous, Bianca  Del Rio, otherwise known as Roy Haylock, is in a class by herself, and has been dubbed “The Joan Rivers of the Drag World” by The New York Times.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: On Baseball & American History

(Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)

Baseball is intertwined into the fabric of America like no other sport, and there are three books out now that tell these amazing stories of larger themes around the game.

Former White House presidential speechwriter Curt Smith looks at the relationship between the U.S. Presidency and baseball in The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House. Longtime player and manager Felipe Alou, the first player from the Dominican Republic to play in the major leagues, is out with his autobiography, Alou: My Baseball Journey. Amy Essington looks at how the minor leagues integrated faster than the majors in her detailed work, The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball on the West Coast.

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