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Best-selling author Robert Whiting‘s first book on Japanese baseball, “The Chrysanthemum and the Bat,” has been released in digital form for the first time.

Originally published in 1977, the tome chronicles baseball’s post-war development in Japan and how American and Japanese value systems sometimes clashed. It was selected as Time magazine’s “Best Sports Book of the Year,” and paved the way for the classic “You Gotta Have Wa” a decade later.

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