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Moneyball

Movie Release Date: September 23rd, 2011
Directed By: Bennett Miller
Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright and Jonah Hill
Movie plot:

The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: May 27th, 2003
Originally Published as: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Written By: Michael Lewis
Book Description:

The Oakland Athletics have a secret: a winning baseball team is made, not bought. A story about money, science, entertainment, egos, Moneyball traces the remarkable success of the Oakland Athletics, a major league team with a minor league budget. – From ‘Norton’ book jacket

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Books - 2003, Movies - 2011

 

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The Conspirator

Movie Release Date: April 15th, 2011
Directed By: Robert Redford
Starring: Robin Wright, James McAvoy and Tom Wilkinson
Movie plot:

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: June 3rd, 2008
Originally Published as: The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln
Written By: Kate Clifford Larson
Book Description:

In The Assassin’s Accomplice, historian Kate Clifford Larson tells the gripping story of Mary Surratt, a little-known participant in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, and the first woman ever to be executed by the federal government of the United States. Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer, ran the boarding house in Washington where the conspirators-including her rebel son, John Surratt-met to plan the assassination. When a military tribunal convicted her for her crimes and sentenced her to death, five of the nine commissioners petitioned President Andrew Johnson to show mercy on Surratt because of her sex and age. Unmoved, Johnson refused-Surratt, he said, “kept the nest that hatched the egg.” Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Assassin’s Accomplice tells the intricate story of the Lincoln conspiracy through the eyes of its only female participant. Based on long-lost interviews, confessions, and court testimony, the text explores how Mary’s actions defied nineteenth-century norms of femininity, piety, and motherhood, leaving her vulnerable to deadly punishment historically reserved for men. A riveting narrative account of sex, espionage, and murder cloaked in the enchantments of Southern womanhood, The Assassin’s Accomplice offers a fresh perspective on America’s most famous murder. – From ‘Basic Books book jacket

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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Books - 2008, Movies - 2011

 

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