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Foreword xiii Introduction to Print Edition xv Introduction xvii A Note on the Chapter Confguration xxi

Part 1 Old Stories, Old Friends and a Bit About Me

Welcome to The Shatkin Files 3 First old publishing story: Brentano’s in 1962 5 On my friend, Professor Richard C. Wade 7 Music stories: a bit about The Drongos 12 A new perspective on some old family publishing history 14 Not all the victims of Hitler died before he did 17 Caroline Latham, an old publishing friend I’ll miss 21 Long ago at the Los Angeles Times Book Review 26 What does a consultant do at the London Book Fair? 29 A Mother’s Day Tribute to My Mom: Elky Shatkin 33 Ruth Cavin, great editor and world’s nicest person, gone at 92 37

Part 2 On my Father Len Shatkin

Len Shatkin and the breaking of a publishing color line 43 Two more Len Shatkin anecdotes on publishing practice 46 Dad could really help publishers with analysis they need to do 49 Why Dad’s book had a disclaimer from the publisher 53

Part 3  Sports with a Dash of Politics

From a book to a 1.0 website: the story of Baseball Library, part 1 57 A baseball fan in the steroid era 60 Politics, not publishing, today 63 Malcolm Gladwell, please meet John Wooden 66 Ted Williams: 3 stories you won’t have read anywhere else 68

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