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  • “A Call of the Leader,” Michael Notaro
  • “Leaders Eat Last,” Why some teams pull together and others don’t,” Simon Sinek
  • “The Freedom Writers Diary,”  How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World around them, The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell

Finding Common Ground

  • “Beyond Contempt,”  How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide, Erica Etelson
  • “Love Your Enemies,” How decent people can save America from the culture of contempt, Arthur C. Brooks
  • “Mindwise,” Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, an Want, Nicholas Epley
  • “Non Violent Communication,” The Language of Life, Marshall B. Rosenberg,
  • “The Best of Enemies,” Race and Redemption in the New South, Osha Gray David
  • “Hillbillyelegy,” A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, JD Vance
  • “The Red and the Blue,” The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism,  Steve Kornacki
  • “The Righteous Mind,” Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt
  • “The Soul of America,”  The Battle for Our Better Angels,  Jon Meacham
  • “Uncensored,” My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America, Zachary Wood

Race in Sports

  • “The Heritage,” Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism, Howard Bryant
  • “The Revolt of the Black Athlete,” Harry Edwards

Negro League Baseball

  • “Campy,” The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, Neil Lanctot
  • “Branch Rickey, “Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman,” Lee Lowenfish
  • “Faith, Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the Hidden Hand that Changed History,” Ed Henry
  • “Oscar Charleston The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player,” Jeremy Beer
  • “Only the Ball Was White,” A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams, Robert Peterson
  • “Our Team, Larry Doby, Satchel Paige, and the World Series that Changed Baseball,” Luke Epplin
  • “Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants, and Stars,” Byron Motley
  • “The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell,” Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues, Lonnie Wheeler
  • “The Boys of Summer,” Roger Kahn
  • “The Dizzy and Daffy Dean Barnstorming Tour, Race, Media, and America’s National Pastime
  • “The Queen of the Negro Leagues,” Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles, James Overmyer
  • “Satchel, The Life and Times of an American Legend,” Larry Tye
  • “The Soul of Baseball,” A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America
  • “The Pitcher and the Dictator, Satchel Paige’s Unlikely Season in The Dominican Republic,” Averell “Ace” Smith

General Sports

  • “Home Field Advantage, Oakland, CA, The City that Changed the Face of Sports,” Paul Brekke-Miesner
  • “Outsider Baseball, The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876-1950,” Scott Simkus
  • “Stumbling Around the Bases, The American League’s Mismanagement During the Expansion Eras,” Andy McCue
  • “Unlikely Champion, The Paul Yazololino Story”  James Francis McGee

Leaving Our Comfort Zones

  • “Rejection Proof,”  How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection, Jai Jiang

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