Drawing on more than 500 interviews with friends and family, teammates, and opponents, Leavy delivers the definitive account of Mantle's life, mining the mythology of The Mick for the true story of a luminous and illustrious talent with a damaged soul.Drawing on more than 500 interviews with friends and family, teammates, and opponents, Leavy delivers the definitive account of Mantle's life, mining the mythology of The Mick for the true story of a luminous and illustrious talent with a damaged soul.Read Less
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Once I started reading, I could hardly put the book down. Very Good!
Oct 13, 2011
The latest and most complete story of the Mick.
Having read just about every book that has been published on Mickey Mantle, I can't think of any book that comes close to completely covering the life of Mickey as well as Jane Leavy has done with this recent publication. Many of the chapters offer nothing new to what has already been written about Mickey, but at the same time much new and more detailed history is documented to add what we already knew from earlier books. If you have never read a book about Mickey or the Yankees, this book covers more ground than anything before or since. Great style of writing that makes the book both interesting and entertaining. A great story, well told.
Mark L. J
Jul 1, 2011
The Last Party Boy
Many great anecdotes, mostly about playing
hurt and drinking, drinking, drinking.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-07-26 Bob Costas eulogized the Yankee great as "a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic." The "we" in Costas's remarks-with author Leavy (Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy) as stand-in-is as much the subject of this fascinating biography as the ballplayer himself. Mantle, who succumbed to cancer in 1995 at age 63, was justly famous for his baseball exploits, but what Costas described as Mantle's "paradoxical grip" on a certain generation of baseball fans is exactly what Leavy tackles in this book. She should know. She spent much time in her childhood in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, a tomboyish "Mickey guy" listening to the roar of the crowd from across the Grand Concourse. While a sportswriter for the Washington Post, she won a 1983 assignment to interview Mantle for his upcoming golf tournament in Atlantic City. What happened that day and night between the fading, embittered Mantle and the former fan girl trying to do her job is the drama that structures Leavy's narrative-she has never reported the truth till now, and she does so without judgment. Instead, she proceeds with steely determination to understand what brought this onetime golden boy from the zinc mines of Oklahoma to center stage at Yankee Stadium and made him into America's quintessential tragic hero, a freakily gifted athlete haunted by a deadly genetic inheritance, including alcoholism. With storytelling bravado and fresh research, Leavy weaves around her own story the milestone dates in "the Mick's" career, which as often burnishes the legend as tarnishes it. Leavy concludes that Mantle cavorted in a more innocent time, when people believed in sports heroes and would not hear otherwise. That's hardly a new idea, but no matter: by the end of this book, readers will know what made Mantle rise, fall, and survive into recovery for his last 18 months. In Leavy's hands, the life of Mantle no longer defies logic: it seems inevitable. She's hit a long home run. 8 pages of color and 8 pages of b&w photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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