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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Road To Disaster” On Vietnam

Road To Disaster: A New History of America’s Descent into Vietnam

By Brian VanDeMark

Custom House Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $32.99; available this Tuesday, September 18

Many books have been written on the decision-making by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations regarding the Vietnam War, but no historian has been able to explain why such decent, brilliant, and successful people repeatedly made so many mistakes.

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C.J. Chivers On Covering The Afghanistan & Iraq Wars

Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter and former Marine infantry officer C.J. Chivers has been covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since their beginning in 2001.

In 2009, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in 2017 he won the Pulitzer for Feature Writing for his New York Times Magazine story about a veteran suffering from PTSD who was jailed after returning from the Afghan War. That veteran was released from prison based on Chivers’ story.

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PBS Great American Read Returns; Winner Crowned In October

The Great American Read returns tonight, Tuesday, September 11, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations, including Channel 13 here in New York, and will introduce viewers to the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov.

It will be hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira.

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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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