Benjamin Malczewski

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Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River

Rivers were once the major highway systems of this country and Hildebrand’s rediscovery of this history feels so foreign to the point of near exposé. A must for Wisconsinites, but a recommended journey for socioculturalists in general.


Lincoln Road Trip: The Back-Roads Guide to America's Favorite President

An engagingly written, personable, and intimate portrait of a president that walks in his footsteps and creates a cultural contextual lens through travel, though the volume's practicality as a functional guide could have been improved upon.

The Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great Again

A must for chess enthusiasts and the curious alike. A truly fascinating and beautifully rendered account.

Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game

Neyer, in a rare feat, captures the humor and humanity in the game, as well as what makes the revelry and rivalry of baseball so special.

Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal

Not solely for soccer fans but also those curious about organized crime—not least for the references to Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables—and international intrigue.

The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking

Carleton's refreshingly insightful, witty, and deceptively breezy exploration details the false sense of security that statistical methodology can offer. By highlighting the "human" aspects of the sport, Carleton succeeds in writing a "love poem (with decimal points)" that belongs on the shelf of every baseball fan.

By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest Coast Like a Local

A welcome entry to the travel guide genre and a must-read for Pacific Northwest explorers and even locals.

Patagonian Road: A Year Alone Through Latin America

This welcome (and timely) call to explore foreign borders as well as our own comfort zones is highly recommended.

The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Riding the Iron Curtain

The bike provides a unique vehicle (and perfect pace) for more intimate travel. It also unearths circumstances uncommon to other modes of transportation yet ideal for connecting with locals. A warmly recommended tour that touches on travel, history, and cycling.

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