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This is, without a doubt, the best sports book I've ever read. Buster Olney does a masterful job of capturing the essence of the Yankees organization, team and the pressure Joe Torre and the players were under. I read the book during the month of September 2007 when that the Yankees were winning and closing quickly on the division leading Red Sox; I had a better understanding of what was involved. One point that Olney communicated so well: the ownership of the Yankees by George Steinbrenner has ruined that organization and MLB. That was why it was so "sweet" that Arizona won the 2001 World Series and brought some reality back to MLB.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-05 Nothing succeeds like success. But human nature being what it is, some people get a thrill when the successful fail. Is it a matter of rooting for the underdog or bringing the haughty and powerful down a peg? Olney, who covers the Yankees for the New York Times, addresses the question in this sympathetic assessment as he selects their seventh-game loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series as the turning point in the team's decline. Recounting the details of the contest, he flashes back to reveal how individuals contributed to the Yankees' accomplishments in recent years. Of course, the one person who demands success, and for whom even victory doesn't seem to be enough, is owner George Steinbrenner. Much of the ill will generated by the legions of Yankee-haters can be traced to Steinbrenner, with his bullying and deep pockets. Olney's work puts the team under a microscope, as if the daily exasperations, disappointments and even boredom suffice to explain why their fortunes reversed. Olney gives a good account: success is hard work that, like prayers, sometimes does not yield the hoped-for result. Agent, Chris Calhoun. (Sept.) Forecast: Both Yankees fans and Yankee haters will find this one interesting. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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