Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic by Jason Turbow
Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's

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This is a comprehensive look back at one of the great baseball teams in history - the Oakland teams of the early 1970s. Author Jason Turbow talked to everyone possible, and puts together a fast-moving story that works nicely.
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How the Oakland A's of the 1970s—a revolutionary band of brawling Hall of Famers—won three straight championships and knocked baseball into the modern age

The Oakland A's of the early 1970s were the most transformative team in baseball history. Never before had an entire organization so collectively traumatized baseball's establishment with its outlandish behavior and business decisions, let alone an indisputably winning record: five consecutive division titles and three straight championships. The drama that played out on the field was exceeded only by the drama in the clubhouse and front office. But those A's, with their garish uniforms and outlandish facial hair, redefined the game for coming generations.

Under the visionary leadership of owner Charles O. Finley, the team assembled such luminaries as Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, and Vida Blue. Finley acted as his own general manager, his insatiable need for control dictating everything from the playlist of the ballpark organist to the menu for the media lounge. So pervasive was his meddling that one of his managers, Dick Williams, quit in the middle of the championship celebration following Oakland's Game 7 victory over the Mets in the 1973 World Series. The advent of free agency spelled the end of Finley's reign; within two years, his dynasty was lost.

A sprawling, brawling history of one of baseball’s unforgettable teams, Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic is a paean to a turbulent, magical time.
 

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Published March 7, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History.
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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Mar 08 2017

From the massive rise of the decade’s early years to the cratering of its ending, “Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic” paints a picture of perhaps the most undercelebrated great team of the modern era...Turbow captures the deep weirdness of the era as it was refracted through the prism of baseball.

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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on May 15 2017

This is a comprehensive look back at one of the great baseball teams in history - the Oakland teams of the early 1970s. Author Jason Turbow talked to everyone possible, and puts together a fast-moving story that works nicely.

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