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Name:  Stuart Shea  

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Lives in Chicago.

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Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography
ISBN: 1574889419

Potomac Books Inc.. 2006

Bathed in sun and suds, Wrigley Field is home to the perfect baseball viewing experience. The ultimate neighborhood ballpark serves as a sort of time capsule, transporting us to an era where every park felt like a day at Wrigley Field. But postcard memories aside, Wrigley’s modern cachet is a unique success story. From its construction in 1914 by the implausibly successful Charlie Weeghman (for a baseball team that was not the Chicago Cubs) to serving as the venue for George Halas’s Bears, Wrigley Field has hosted many different kinds of sporting events for America’s second city. Stuart Shea’s unparalleled history of Wrigley Field documents a park and its place within the surrounding community, its influence on who lives where in Chicago and why, and as a home to teams and events that have helped a city define itself.

Beyond Wrigley’s status as both a living treasure and a historical artifact, Shea looks at the current plans to renovate the park the combative relationship among the team’s owners, the city, and the neighborhood and the strange blend of interdependence and mutual annoyance that have handicapped efforts to preserve, promote, and adapt the park to the twenty-first century. Unlike any other history of a ballpark, this “unauthorized biography” chronicles the ballpark as a venue for women’s baseball, football, boxing, and soccer, among other sports. As Shea explains, the tension between past and present, memory and the future, or America as we imagine it and as it is, has rarely been so well captured in one place.

Pink Floyd FAQ: Everything Left to Know ... and More! (FAQ Series)
ISBN: 0879309504

Backbeat Books. 2009

(FAQ). More than four decades since their first album, and 35 years after the release of the iconic Dark Side of the Moon , Pink Floyd continue to inspire and mystify rock fans around the world. Pink Floyd FAQ , by pop culture author Stuart Shea, lays out the band's strange, winding history through a new series of prisms. What were the band's most memorable gigs? What are their greatest moments on record, as a group and individually? What contemporary records influenced them, and which performers follow in their wake? What was it like to be at a Pink Floyd show in 1967, in 1973, in 1980? Pink Floyd FAQ tells the band's story, dissects their most popular work, and provides little-known facts, all adding up to a provocative must-read for fans. With 400 pages of stories, history, observation, opinion, photos, and reminiscences from those who were there, Pink Floyd FAQ will discuss frankly what made the band great as well as note their not-so-great moments and their place in modern pop culture, giving credit where credit is due and maybe puncturing some inflatable pigs along the way.

Rock & Roll's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Lame Lyrics, Egregious Egos, and Other Oddities
ISBN: 1578661609

Galahad Books. 2006

Who knew…that the original name of The Rolling Stones was The Brian Jones Blues Band, or that some members of ABBA couldn’t speak English and had to learn their songs phonetically? No rock fan will be left singing “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” after reading this! Twenty-five lists reveal those groups with the oddest names, haircuts, hit songs, and even deaths as well as insider’s gossip on such things as the most outrageous demands made by divas and bands.

The 1960s' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Hip Happenings, Swinging Sounds, and Out-of-Sight Oddities
ISBN: 1574887211

Potomac Books. 2006

The 1960s was a decade of contrasts. It had the Summer of Love, but it also witnessed the assassinations of three American leaders. It fulfilled President Kennedy’s promise of successfully landing a man on the moon but also saw the beginning of the ultimately disastrous Vietnam War. It gave us beach tunes on one end, psychedelic songs to trip to on the other, and in between heralded the British Invasion. Now you can look back on and celebrate all the events and fads from the 1960s with Stuart Shea’s trivia-laden The 1960s’ Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Hip Happenings, Swinging Sounds, and Out-of-Sight Oddities from Potomac's Most Wanted­™ series.Lucky Charms cereal was introduced in 1964 with more than fifty percent sugar, the first cereal to pass the halfway point in sugar content. In 1967, Louis Washkansky was the recipient of the first-ever heart transplant. In 1961, the entire U.S. Olympic figure skating team was killed in an airplane crash in Belgium. And in 1965, with the now-classic songs "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Satisfaction," "My Girl," and "Yesterday" debuting on the airwaves, the Grammy for best rock-and-roll recording instead went to Roger Miller’s "King of the Road"! Stuart Shea gives you dozens of top-ten lists with entertaining and remarkable trivia on historic events, political revolutionaries, great moments in space, forgotten but once-popular television shows, fashion breakthroughs, great sports stories, and the best and worst of the silver screen. It’s been said that if you remember the 1960s, you didn’t live through them. Whether you lived through them or not, you can remember them in style with The 1960s’ Most Wanted™.

Fab Four FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Beatles ... and More! (FAQ Series)
ISBN: 1423421388

Hal Leonard Corp,2007. 2007

(FAQ). 40 years after the release of the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , the Beatles continue to captivate music fans of all ages. There's something always more to discuss about the Fab Four. What were their greatest live performances? Their worst moments? Stories still unknown by most music fans, trends still unseen, history still uninterpreted are all revealed in Fab Four FAQ . Pop culture authors Stuart Shea and Rob Rodriguez provide must-know fan trivia and offer obscure Beatles facts and stories in an easy-to-read, provocative format that will start as many arguments as will end them. With more than sixty chapters of stories, history, observation, and opinion, Fab Four FAQ lays bare the whys and wherefores that made the Beatles so great, giving credit where credit is due and maybe bursting some bubbles along the way.

Fab Four FAQ Deluxe Set: Fab Four FAQ and Fab Four FAQ 2.0, The Solo Years
ISBN: 161713001X

Backbeat Books. 2010

Fab Four FAQ contains everything left to know about the Beatles. Stories unknown by most fans, trends unseen and history revealed. Fab Four FAQ 2.0, The Solo Years, picks up where Fab Four FAQ left off, presenting in-depth information on their careers as solo artists. Both books are loaded with images of rare period ephemera, including periodicals, single sleeves, and movie stills. This is the first comprehensive biography of all four ex-Beatles.

Wrigley Season Ticket 2007: An Annual Guide to Chicago Cubs Baseball
ISBN: 0977743675

Pub. by Maple Street Press, Dist. by Potomac Books. 2007

Wrigley Season Ticket 2007 gives fans the detailed information about the Chicago Cubs that they’ve craved for so long. Other preseason annuals cover all of baseball, and they’re either too expansive, too long, or not focused completely on the Cubs. But now there’s a publication just about the Cubs that can quench your desire!

Along with a preview of the 2007 National League Central and an examination of the team’s rookie pitchers, fans get to explore recent Cubs history. Included is an analysis of the team’s injury history from 2001 to 2006 and its impact, an evaluation of general manager Jim Hendry’s moves, a look back at the historic 1967 Cubs, and a celebration of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, as he turns seventy-five.

Moreover, the Season Ticket evaluates the entire organization as well, not just the majors. Within these pages fans will find information on the team’s top prospects, a story on Felix Pie, and a discussion of the organization’s overall lack of interest in on-base percentage. On the business side, readers can see how the Cubs are covered in the media, learn about Cubs’ ticket scalping, and even get an account of ticket prices and broadcasting throughout Cubs history.

It’s all packed into more than a hundred pages of full-color, ad-free Cubs information unlike anything else on the market. Written by Cubs fans for Cubs fans, Wrigley Season Ticket 2007 is the essential season reference for all Cubs fans!

A publication of Maple Street Press, distributed by Potomac Books, Inc.

The Scouting Report 1996
ISBN: 0062733605

HarperCollins. 1996

Provides a wealth of information, statistics, and analyses of every active player on each team, as well as selected minor leaguers

The Spy: Baseball '98
ISBN: 096569495X

Total Sports. 1998

Presents reports on all thirty major league teams with analysis of player performances, minor-league scouting reports, and predictions of the 1998 baseball season

The Baseball Chronicle: Year-By-Year History of Major League Baseball
ISBN: 1412715903

Publications International. 2007

This is a beautifully detailed year-by-year historical chronology of Major League Baseball.

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