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The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion
Melvin Lerner

Umpire Strikes Back

Umpire Strikes Back - Ron Luciano This is entertaining and illuminating but certainly only on one level. Luciano excels at that traditional, yuk-yuk self-deprecating American humour of the pre-Lenny Bruce era that offends absolutely no one. He has numerous anecdotes which are mildly amusing and certainly informative about particular players' idiosyncrasies as well. But Luciano never really makes any kind of greater assessment about baseball, refereeing, sport or life - and he fills the book with extraordinarily non-controversial stuff, which is odd, coming from a lightning rod like him - which might make this more meaningful to someone who didn't see these players live (he retired before I was born) or who doesn't laugh at 99% of his jokes (too safe for me).