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Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos Hardcover – Mar 25 2014


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (March 25 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307361357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307361356
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arjun Basu on March 31 2014
Format: Hardcover
The nostalgia that exists, that permeates the lives of baseball fans and Montrealers in particular, drips off this book like water from a slate roof during a monsoon. A lot of nostalgia. In Montreal this weekend, the first major league baseball of any sort (albeit of the pre-season variety) and almost 100,000 tickets sold for games between teams that Montrealers are indifferent to at best. For me, at least, reading this book when I did hit me in a lot of ways. Having said that, for anyone who is a fan of the game, or were fans of the Expos (and those two things may be mutually exclusive), this book is definitive as a case study for a sports franchise that never quite had all of its marbles. Or baseballs. The Expos would have strong ownership but a lousy stadium, then a lousy stadium and lousy ownership, then a lousy fanbase, then nothing at all. And it's all chronicled here, in amazing detail, by a great baseball writer, who also happened to be an amazingly loyal Expos fan. He still is, that's obvious, but Jonah Keri doesn't indulge in too much "what-iffing" (as Expo nostalgists are want to do) though he doesn't entirely lay blame anywhere either: the Expos demise is chronicled as it happened: a kind of slow motion Humpty Dumpty, or, perhaps, super slo mo, the film speeding up the closer we get to the end, until Humpty's fall, so predictable, happens, in real time, at astonishing speed, and then everybody walks away. Montrealers walked away. Until this weekend. Somehow. Now they're starting to wonder how to put everything Humpty together again. This book is a nice start to remind us of what we had. It's a cautionary tale for other cities. It reminds us, again, that sports is a business and team is a commercial product. A brand. For baseball fans, it's a well written chronicle of one of the sport's most colourful franchises.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ranger TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 19 2014
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Jonah Keri's fans view of the Montreal Expos history is simply put a magnificent book.
Where Jacques Doucet 2 volumes "Il était une fois les Expos" is still a major and highly interesting overview of the franchise, Keri's is more able to reach out to your heart and bring back forgotten emotions.

Moreover, like Doucet, he is right on target when he explains that the penny pinching Jean Coutu, Bell, Jacques Menard and all those avaricious shareholders are really the main reason why that wonderful and colorful franchise left. They did everthing they could to destroy the fan base, and the concession. What else is there to say when the shareholders require of GM Kevin Malone to liquidate 4 all stars within 24 hours? What was the hurry? That was the best way of letting go proven star MLB players for nothing in return.

When Claude Brochu left before becoming the official main villain of the whole enterprise, they found in Jeffrey Loria the perfect scapegoat. Better for the unscrupulous Montreal media to blame a New Yorker for the whole mess than people they would still bargain with in the future in Montréal...

Thank you Mr Keri for a well done job, thank you to Mr Charles Bronfman for getting us an MLB franchise, and thank you to all those admirable players like Rusty Staub, Gary Carter, Pedro Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero and so on that made our summer so fun and memorable.

I never will forget my Montreal Expos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claude Paradis on April 25 2014
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"Up, Up, & Away" is nothing less than a fascinating book about the Montreal Expos. Having followed the Expos from 1971 until their very end, I can tell you that this book from Jonah Keri is very thorough and well documented. It had some circumstancial disadvantage of following the two parts and 1200 pages "Il était une fois les Expos", written by radio commentator Jacques Doucet and film maker Marc Robitaille, and published in 2009 and 2011. All the former achieves is give the latter an excellent companion.

Keri found enough stories to make "Up, Up, & Away" different from the other one. And that is quite an accomplishment, because so many of us, fans, thought everything had been said or written about Nos Amours. With his unique perspective, Keri brilliantly demonstrates it was not the case. People who want to buy just one book about the Expos will definitely have enough with Keri’s.

It is quite ironic to know that, here in Quebec province, we had a MLB team for only 36 years and that two such master pieces tell its story. Well, good for us. I only hope for only French-speaking baseball fans that they get the translated version soon so they can enjoy it as it should be.
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By J. Stiller on July 14 2014
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Excellent info from the days of OUR team. Fun to relive so many memories.
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This was delightful read. It was a pleasure to relive so many memories again. Those were the days, my friend.
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Reading this brought back so many memories of a forgotten era. Informative, fun and nostalgic. Being from Montreal I was so happy to hear about this book. If you're a longtime Expos fan or someone who is curious about baseball history in "La Belle Province", this book is highly recommended.
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