Gary M. Greenbaum

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (39 of 44)
Location: Fairfax, VA USA
In My Own Words:
I'm an attorney in Fairfax VA. I've read quite a bit in my time, and am a veteran of the quiz competition 'College Bowl', playing on three teams that made the national final eight, of which two finished third, and fourth. Toured with rock bands all over the world.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 253,697 - Total Helpful Votes: 39 of 44
The Second Mark: Courage, Corruption, and the Batt&hellip by Joy Goodwin
This book tells the well-known story of the vote-trading scandal in the pairs figure skating at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, where the Canadians were awarded a second set of gold medals.
While this book opens on the night of the pairs final, much of the book is interesting background on the three skating pairs who would medal at the 2002 Games, and their coaches, parents, and others of significance to them. This is new material to most, as figure skating is one of those sports which to the average person only seems to surface every four years, but here we see the skaters progress from the provincial rinks where they started to the big time.
I found somewhat disquieting… Read more
Making Time: Lillian Moller Gilbreth -- A Life Bey&hellip by Jane Lancaster
Lillian Moller Gilbreth is well remembered today as the patient mother of "Cheaper by the Dozen". This book makes it clear that this was the least of her attributes.
Dr. Gilbreth spent over a half century as one of America's leading engineers. First colloborating with her husband, Frank Gilbreth, she spent the first forty years of her widowhood on an intense schedule of conferences, consulting, and teaching, finally retiring near her ninetieth birthday.
While the primary focus of this book is on Dr. Gilbreth and her engineering career, and the conculsion makes clear author Jane Lancaster's bitterness that Dr. Gilbreth is best remembered for the fictionalized mother… Read more
The Bad Guys Won: A season of brawling, boozing, b&hellip by Jeff Pearlman
Pearlman tells the tale of the '86 Mets, how they were put together by brilliant GM Frank Cashen, the turmoil and triumphs of the '86 season, and how this team with so much potential for dynasty status managed to win only one championship.
Pearlman begins with a bang--the near destruction of the interior of an airplane by the newly crowned NL champion Mets, returning from Houston after the classic 16 inning battle which won them the NL crown.
Much of the focus in the early part of the book is on how GM Frank Cashen built the Mets piece by piece, taking them from the no-hopers of the early 80s to the great championship team of '86.
The discussion of the regular season… Read more