"Lords of the Realm is not a sobersided look at the problems of high salaries and free agency. It's also not a romantic homage to the heroes of the game. It is a penetrating, take-no-prisoners look at the hundred-year history of what's become a billion-dollar machine, a cutthroat industry that, while supposedly capturing the soul of America, is and has always been dominated by such greed, back-stabbing, and double-dealing that it puts the insanity of the RJR Nabisco takeover to shame. From the despotic lunacy of Gussie Busch, George Steinbrenner, and Peter Ueberroth and the maverick antics of Branch Rickey, Charlie Finley, and Ted Turner to the chaotic, yet near-heroic rise of the union, the ever-more-mysterious dealings that baseball maintains with television, and the murky back-room maneuvers behind collusion, expansion, and the battle for and against profit-sharing, Lords of the Realm is an utterly compelling, picaresque epic that perhaps does discover the real soul of America."--Jacket.