Selected Works

Sports/Cultural History
Challenging the myths of America’s national pastime
Examining one city’s century-long tortured relationship with its baseball team and, ultimately, itself.
Careers -- Law and the Workplace
A guide to achieving the personal and professional fulfillment the practice of law can offer, but does not guarantee.

Works

A People's History of Baseball
A People's History of Baseball is an alternative history of our national pastime. By challenging and changing the perspective of some of the well-known, hyper-patriotic tales of baseball as America, a new and unexpected story of both the game, as well as what it represents, emerges.

The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's Spirit
On October 7, 1977, the Philadelphia Phillies lost a playoff game to the Dodgers, a game that began so hopefully and ended so disastrously that it has become known in Philadelphia simply as "Black Friday." As a season of rare hope and unity crashed to a painful end in a ten-minute sequence of bad plays, so too did the city's urban renaissance falter and an old sense of inferiority return.

This ambitious examination of the relationship between the team and city delves deep into Philadelphia's social and baseball history to reveal how the disillusionment of Black Friday affected Philadelphia's self image and fans' relationship to the team they both love and love to hate.

The Happy Lawyer Handbook
Each year, thousands of men and women make a decision that will ultimately change not only the course but the quality of the rest of their lives: they decide to become lawyers. From the moment that thick congratulatory envelope arrives, welcoming them to law school, they begin their journey down a road they hope will lead them to a life of worth (both personal as well as financial) and self-satisfaction. Unfortunately, too often, this road leads instead to despair which oftentimes plummets to the depths that eventually cause them to leave the practice of law or, more often, remain, resigned to spend the next 40 years of their lives working for people they do not like and on issues for which they have no interest. What's worse is that only once it is too late do they discover how and why their promising future vanished. The Happy Lawyer Handbook aspires to head off such downward career spirals before they begin. Written for the current law student, as well as for those pondering this decision and recent grads, The Happy Lawyer Handbook provides insight into those practicalities of law practice that are perhaps not contemplated while in law school but which will very likely have an overwhelming effect on the entirety of a budding attorney's career. It is intended to encourage students to become more engaged in their own professional future; to think deeply, research carefully and plan meticulously such that they will ultimately achieve the immense personal and professional fulfillment that even in a fragile economy the practice of law can offer, but does not guarantee.

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