Is This Heaven?: The Magic of the Field of Dreams (Paperback)
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When Major League Baseball announced that the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees would play a game at the fabled Field of Dreams in August 2020, new attention was drawn to the farm in Iowa that made cinema and baseball history. In this updated edition of his 2002 book, Brett Mandel tells the story of a make-believe place made real, its incredible lure, and its effect on the people who have stepped between its chalk lines.
About the Author
Brett H. Mandel is a writer and consultant in Philadelphia where he is engaged in civic activism and government-reform efforts. Previously, Brett served as the Executive Director of the National Education Technology Funding Corporation, a private, non-profit organization that worked to help local public school districts access cost-effective financing for school construction and renovation. Brett also served as Executive Director of Philadelphia Forward, a citizens' organization promoting tax, government, and ethics reform; and as Director of Financial and Policy Analysis in the Philadelphia Office of the City Controller. Brett received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.G.A. from the Fels Center of Government of the University of Pennsylvania. Brett is the primary author of Philadelphia: A New Urban Direction (Saint Joseph's University Press, 1999), a vision of Philadelphia's likely future without change and a comprehensive plan designed to make Philadelphia a preferred place to live, work, and visit. The book received the National Association of Local Government Auditors Special Project Award. Another book, Minor Players, Major Dreams, (University of Nebraska Press, 1997) written from his perspective as an author, signed to a Minor League Baseball player's contract, tells the inside story of Minor League life. His next book, Philadelphia: Corrupt and Consented, about the city's struggle with municipal corruption, is due to be published in 2021. A lifelong Philadelphian, Brett is the Commissioner of the Greater Philadelphia Men's Adult Baseball League and the Board Chair of the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, America's first school of higher education for circus arts. Brett lives in the Fitler Square neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife and three children.