Great book. Well written. I relate to those times and it was very factual. Williams and DiMaggio have 2 magnificent records that will never be broken. The author told the story like he was there. if you are interested this period of history, this book is a must read.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-02-05 Vaccaro, a sports columnist for the New York Post, would have readers believe that 1941-the year the U.S. entered WWII-had further significance as the "greatest year in sports," with sporting events taking on an enhanced role as a diversion from imminent war. According to Vaccaro, the four events that made the sports year so great were Whirlaway's Triple Crown run; the first Billy Conn-Joe Louis fight; Joe DiMaggio's assault on baseball's consecutive-game hitting record; and Ted Williams batting over .400. While Vaccaro's thesis-that sports became of particular interest to a nation emerging from the Depression and facing world catastrophe-has merit, his four choices seem fairly arbitrary (pick any year). While a capable researcher, Vaccaro has an unfortunate tendency toward exaggeration (Hank Greenberg did not have a "reasonable chance" of surpassing Ruth's home run record), and sports clich?s (Billy Conn's "oversized Gaelic heart") are deployed all too frequently. The effect of moving on the same page from a baseball game to a torpedoed freighter is unintentionally surreal, if not downright macabre. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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