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The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition)

by Paul Dickson & Skip McAfee

The definitive work on the language of baseball—one of the “Five Best Baseball Books” (Wall Street Journal). Hailed as “a staggering piece of scholarship” (Wall Street Journal) and “an indispensable...

War Slang: American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War, Third Edition

by Paul Dickson

From the homegrown "boodle" of the 19th century to current "misunderstandistan" in the Middle East, America's foremost expert on slang reveals military lingo at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic....

Baseball's Greatest Quotations Rev. Ed.

by Paul Dickson

Baseball has always had its share of colorful characters, and over the years they have expressed themselves in eminently quotable ways. In this treasury of more than 5,000 quotations, noted baseball writer and...

Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents

by Paul Dickson

The founding fathers (a term created by Warren G. Harding for his "front porch campaign" of 1920) felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their role in creating a new American...

Journalese: A Dictionary for Deciphering the News

by Paul Dickson & Robert Skole

A comprehensive A-to-Z dictionary of journalistic buzzwords and phrases, this witty book is both a handy reference and a humorous look at the true absurdity of journalists’ tired quips and clichés. With an...

Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick

by Paul Dickson

The first major biography of one of the greatest figures in baseball history.

The Hidden Language of Baseball: How Signs and Sign Stealing Have Influenced the Course of Our National Pastime

by Paul Dickson

The Hidden Language of Baseball examines the rich legacy of baseball's hidden language, offering fans everywhere a smorgasbord of history and anecdote.


by Paul Dickson & Brian Rea

A smart, hilarious, and lavishly illustrated guide to the most euphemised word in the English language: Drunk

A record-breaking assemblage of 2,964 different ways to say "drunk." Tipsy, roasted, three sheets,...

Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms

by Paul Dickson

Whether you want to be privy to the inside banter of the boardroom, backroom or the Washington Beltway, Slang is an indispensable resource, and a lot of fun.

Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

by Paul Dickson

Sputnik offers a fascinating profile of the early American and Soviet space programs and a strikingly revised picture of the politics and personalities

The Unwritten Rules of Baseball

by Paul Dickson

From beanballs to basebrawls, the most important rules governing the game of baseball have never been officially written down—until now.

They have no sanction from the Commissioner, appear nowhere in any official...

The Bonus Army: An American Epic

by Paul Dickson & Thomas B. Allen

The Bonus Army tells the full and dramatic story of the Bonus Army and of the many celebrated figures involved in it.

The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball

by Paul Dickson

In The Joy of Keeping Score, Paul Dickson celebrates one of the most unusual traditions in all of sports--the baseball scorecard.