Peter Williams was born in New York City and graduated from Yale University. He holds an MA from Columbia and a PhD from the University of Michigan. His articles on baseball have appeared in Baseball Research Journal, Elysian Fields Quarterly, and numerous anthologies.
Interest in the Kokoda Trail is growing rapidly among manyAustralians, both for its attraction as a hiking destination andfor its historical significance. Kokoda For Dummies offers afast track tool for learning everything you need to know about thisunique thoroughfare, in one concise volume. Part history book, partpractical guide, Kokoda For Dummies is perfect both forthose considering following our Diggers’ footsteps along‘the track’ or armchair travellers who want to learnabout its history.
Covering the full history of the Kokoda Trail, from itsbeginnings as an overland mail route to the fierce battles betweenthe Australians and the Japanese that took place along its lengthduring World War II, the book also includes important informationon walking the trail yourself. From the steps you need to take toget ready to what to bring, Kokoda For Dummies is thedefinitive resource for anyone looking for a comprehensive overviewof this significant landmark.Focuses on walking the track as a pilgrimage and a historylesson for history buffs and hiking enthusiasts alikeCovers the health and safety concerns involved with walking thetrack, including a basic Kokoda itineraryContains eyewitness accounts of the Kokoda battles gleaned frominterviews conducted with Australian and Japanese war veterans
A comprehensive but accessible history of the Kokoda Trail andits significance to Australia, in one volume.
In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes.
Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest players in the gloaming of his career.