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North Dakota in Photographs
Several coffee table books of photography are available, showing North Dakota in its many manifestations. Check these out!
North Dakota Unforgettable. Photography by Chuck Haney (FarCountry Press, 2013).
Prairie Churches by Lauren Hardmeyer Donovan; photos by John Toso (Preservation ND, 2012).
Obsessed with North Dakota: A Collection of Fine Art. Photographs by Clint Saunders and Daron W. Krueger (Obsessed Photographers Group, 2009).
Beautiful Women of North Dakota: Revealing Beauty in Action by Chris Linnares; photos by Billy Black (Kototama Pub, 2009).
Visions of the Prairie: My North Dakota Journey by David Paukert, poetry by Terry Jacobson (2013).
A Considered View: The Photographs of Wayne Gudmundson (NDIRS, 2007).
America’s Land of Tranquility: Visions of the Secret Beauty of North Dakota by Robin L. Silverman; images by Steve Silverman (Createavisions, 2003).
Book on 1935 Bismarck Baseball Team Wins Awards
Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line by Tom Dunkel (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013)
When baseball swept America in the years after the Civil War, independent, semipro, and municipal leagues sprouted up everywhere. With civic pride on the line, rivalries were fierce and teams often signed ringers to play alongside the town dentist, insurance salesman, and teen prodigy. In drought-stricken Bismarck, North Dakota during the Great Depression, one of the most improbable teams in the history of baseball was assembled by one of the sport’s most unlikely champions. A decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues, car dealer Neil Churchill signed the best players he could find, regardless of race, and fielded an integrated squad that took on all comers in spectacular fashion.
Color Blind immerses the reader in the wild and wonderful world of early independent baseball, with its tough competition and its novelty. Dunkel traces the rise of the Bismarck squad, focusing on the 1935 season and the first National Semipro Tournament. This is an entertaining, must-read for anyone interested in the history of baseball.
A 2013 CASEY Award Finalist for Best Baseball Book of the Year and a Booklist Top Ten Sports Book of the Year. “A tale as fantastic as it is true.”—Boston Globe