utterly charming reissue of Bart Giamatti's long-out-of-print final
book, Take Time for Paradise, puts baseball in the context of
American life and leisure. Giamatti begins with the conviction that our
use of free time tells us something about who we are. He explores the
concepts of leisure, American-style. And in baseball, the quintessential
American game, he finds its ultimate expression. "Sports and leisure
are our reiteration of the hunger for paradise- for freedom
untrammeled." Filled with pithy truths about such resonant subjects as
ritual, self-betterment, faith, home, and community, Take Time for Paradise
gives us much more than just baseball. These final, eloquent thoughts
of "the philosopher king of baseball" (Seattle Weekly) are a joyful,
reverent celebration of the sport Giamatti loved and the country that
"Wonderful book...a welcome and long-overdue addition."--Communication Booknotes Quarterly.
During the first fifty years of the twentieth century, ham radio went from being an experiment to virtually an art form. Because of the few government restrictions and the low monetary investment required, the concept of ham radio appealed to various people. More than just a simple hobby, however, ham radio required its operators to understand radio theory, be able to trace a schematic and know how to build a transmitter and receiver with whatever material they might have available. With the advent of World War II and the increased need for cutting-edge communications, the United States government drew upon the knowledge and skill of these amateur ham radio operators.
This book explores the history of ham radio operators, emphasizing their social history and their many contributions to the technological development of worldwide communications. It traces the concept of relays, including the American Radio Relay League, from contacts as close as 25 miles apart to operators anywhere in the world. The book highlights the part played by ham radio in many of the headline events of the half century, especially exploration and aviation "firsts". The ways in which these primarily amateur operators assisted in times of disaster including such events as the sinking of the Titanic and the 1937 Ohio River flood, are also examined.
When the ice crushed the Karluk and sank her, Bartlett led the shipwrecked survivors safely to Wrangell Island. From there, with one Inuit companion, he journeyed across 700 miles of frozen seas and Siberian wilderness to return with rescuers. It is a feat that rivals Shackleton’s own celebrated efforts to seek for the crew of the Endurance.