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Author: George F. Will, George Will Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780804166188
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“George Will on baseball. Perfect.”—Los Angeles Times
In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?
Winding beautifully like Wrigley’s iconic ivy, Will’s meditation on “The Friendly Confines” examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field’s legend and the larger-than-life characters—from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks—who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs’ future, and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility.

In the end, A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark. It is the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of America itself. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “George Will is as serious about baseball as he is about the Constitution or foreign policy…A Nice Little Place on the North Side is replete with the amusing trivia that in baseball constitutes lore.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fond yet surprisingly hard-hitting…an intelligent, tough little book.”

    USA Today

  • “Will’s bow-tied, button-down prose wears quite well in this, his third insightful book about baseball, after Men at Work and Bunts. His eye for the game remains warm and acute, as do his conservative instincts.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “George Will on baseball. Perfect.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “George Will is the most elegant of today’s political essayists, and with Men at Work, Bunts, and this tribute to Chicago, the ballpark that graces it, and the fans who pack it to root for its hapless team, he can be counted among the best baseball writers to come down the pike.”

    Washington Times

  • A Nice Little Place on the North Side qualifies as the most fitting possible tribute to a field with ivy-covered walls that continues to enthrall a seventy-year-old award-winning commentator just as it once did a callow nine-year-old boy in Champagne, Illinois. A Barnes & Noble editor’s recommendation.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • “George F. Will’s wonderful book A Nice Little Place on the North Side reads like a history of a ballpark, but it’s really a fan’s interrogation of the most harrowing riddle: Why can’t the Cubs win?…[Will is] one of the great baseball writers.”


  • “[Will’s] latest, A Nice Little Place on the North Side, will sit solidly on the bookshelf with his previous baseball classics….As is always the case with Will, readers are treated to a mix of history, anecdotes, vignettes, cultural analysis, various informative diversions, and much wry humor.”

    American Spectator

  • “Will offers a rambling, gently amusing history of the team since it moved in. With few triumphs to write about, Will focuses on some of the dominant and/or quirky personalities associated with the team through the years…Will also delivers brief but revealing examinations of longtime team owner P. K. Wrigley, players Phil Cavarretta and Hack Wilson, and manager Leo Durocher…This ode to the team and its home field will make a very pleasant read for baseball fans in general and Cub fans in particular.”


  • “George Will puts on his literary baseball cap and dives into the history, romance, and realities of the venerable Wrigley Field…Mark Deakins’ voice reflects the reverence, and romance, that fans have with the stadium and its inhabitants, the Cubs. Deakins is solid enough—except for the mispronunciation of a player’s name—while running through the litany of historical accomplishments and tribulations (mostly the latter) surrounding the old park. He stays consistent as the focus starts with history and shifts to esoterica on the park. Will’s passion—and frustration—come through in the narration.”


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation

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About the Author

George F. Will writes a twice-weekly column that is syndicated in more than 450 newspapers, as well as a back-page column in Newsweek that runs biweekly. He also appears each Sunday on the ABC News program This Week. The author of several other books, Will is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.