You Gotta Have Wa

You Gotta Have Wa

Paperback Vintage Departures

By (author) Robert Whiting

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 22mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 24 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0307455971
  • ISBN 13: 9780307455970
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Sales rank: 437,061

Product description

An important element in Japanese baseball is wa--group harmony--embodied in the proverb The nail that sticks up shall be hammered down. But what if the nail is a visiting American player? Here's a look at Japanese baseball, as seen by baffled Americans.

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Robert Whiting is the author of You Gotta Have Wa and is one of the very few Westerners to write a regular column in the Japanese press. He has appeared as a commentator in documentaries about Japan and on such shows as "Larry King Live" and "The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour." He has also written for "The New York Times," "Sports Illustrated," "Smithsonian," "Newsweek," "U.S. News and World Report," and "Time," among other publications. He lives in Tokyo.

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"The definitive book on Japanese baseball and one of the best-written sports books ever." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Run, or at least jog, to the nearest bookstore and buy You Gotta Have Wa." --"New York Times Book Review" "Far more than a sports book." --David Halberstam "Bob Whiting has done it again! . . . A book that will please baseball fans and enlighten anyone interested in Japanese-American relations." --James Fallows, "Atlantic Monthly"