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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (87 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Vaccaro Narrator: Richmond Hoxie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9780739317518
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The New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox. For a hundred years, no two teams have locked horns as fiercely or as frequently – and no two seasons frame the colossal battle more perfectly than 2003 and 2004. Now, with incredible energy and access, leading sports columnist Mike Vaccaro chronicles the history of the greatest rivalry in sports, and the two stunning American League Championship Series that define a century of baseball.

October 17, 2003: A night no Yankees or Red Sox fan will ever forget. At 12:15 am, bottom of the eleventh inning of game seven of the ALCS, New York third-baseman Aaron Boone launches a ball over Yankee Stadium’s left-field fence. The Yankees win their 39th pennant – and send the perennially vexed Boston Red Sox home . . . again . . . suffering another devastating loss to their longtime nemesis.

October 20, 2004: A year later, an eerie reprise – but this time things are different. After losing three straight to the Yankees, Boston has charged back to win the next three, forcing a decisive game seven. From the start of the game Boston is in control, and by winning this game they march toward their first World Series victory since 1918. 

These two explosive years define an extraordinary, epic rivalry – from Mariano Rivera and Roger Clemens to Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling, Derek Jeter and Aaron Boone to David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, from nearly a century of Yankee domination to the undisputed breaking of “The Curse.” With the razor-sharp instincts that have made him a top sports journalist, Mike Vaccaro delves into the history of the rollicking rivalry: a vicious collision in 1903 (between the New York Highlanders and Boston Pilgrims) that draws first blood; the era of Babe Ruth and his legendary trade from the Red Sox to the Yankees, ushering in the notorious Curse; the golden age of DiMaggio and Williams; the unstoppable power of Mantle and Maris; the heart and soul of Fisk and Yazstremski versus Pinella and Munson; and the modern era of dueling owners, skyrocketing payrolls, and a renewed rivalry that attracts sell-out crowds even to Yankees-Red Sox spring training games.

EMPERORS AND IDIOTS is as lively, fascinating, and raucous as the teams themselves – a must-have volume for any Yankees or Red Sox fan.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Mike Vaccaro dissects the always intense relationship between the Yankees and the Red Sox the way a scholarly grandfather could analyze the two sides of a family tree: with deep, detailed stories about the two teams and two cities that are nice or nasty and never dull. Every fan knows this rivalry cannot be rivaled in sports. But in a style that feels like a history lesson being taught from the bleachers, Vaccaro reminds us again and again why that is so true. Jack Curry, The New York Times national baseball columnist
  • Exceptionally researched and cleanly written, [Emperors and Idiots] takes the subject seriously but doesn’t get bogged down in detail. Just about everyone who is anyone is interviewed and, amazingly, there are a few new stories here. But perhaps the best thing about this book is its evenhandedness. Yahoo! Sports

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louie Verile JR. | 11/2/2013

    " fun look back at the history between the awesome red sox and the toe sucking yankees. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 9/22/2013

    " Great insider read about the Yankees rivalry with the Red Sox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 8/31/2012

    " Baseball fans, history buffs, Yankee fans and Red Sox fans. This is a fascinating book. If you hate baseball, skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/21/2012

    " A century of baseball history, focusing on the highlights - the early years, the Ruth years, the late 40's, late 70's, early 00's. If you are a baseball fan, you will enjoy the book. If you are a Sox or Yanks fan, add another star. From a baseball historian's standpoint, this is it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Seth Morris | 5/5/2012

    " Blah... not much new here... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 4/6/2012

    " Very good, and helped nme brush up on my baseball history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 11/26/2011

    " I loved this book- the long time cutthroat Yankee-Red Sox rivalry is the most fascinating subject for me- and I will admit I am a diehard RedSox fan and proud of it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/22/2010

    " An entertaining two-sided exploration on the history of the best rivalry in sports. I learned a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louie | 10/16/2010

    " fun look back at the history between the awesome red sox and the toe sucking yankees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/14/2010

    " A century of baseball history, focusing on the highlights - the early years, the Ruth years, the late 40's, late 70's, early 00's. If you are a baseball fan, you will enjoy the book. If you are a Sox or Yanks fan, add another star. From a baseball historian's standpoint, this is it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 3/4/2009

    " I loved this book- the long time cutthroat Yankee-Red Sox rivalry is the most fascinating subject for me- and I will admit I am a diehard RedSox fan and proud of it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/11/2009

    " Baseball fans, history buffs, Yankee fans and Red Sox fans. This is a fascinating book. If you hate baseball, skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/10/2008

    " An entertaining two-sided exploration on the history of the best rivalry in sports. I learned a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/23/2008

    " Very good, and helped nme brush up on my baseball history "

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About the Author

Mike Vaccaro is the lead sports columnist for the New York Post and the author of 1941: The Greatest Year in Sports and Emperors and Idiots. He has won more than fifty major journalism awards since 1989 and has been cited for distinguished writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the New York State Publishers Association, and the Poynter Institute. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, he lives in New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Richmond Hoxie has performed on Broadway in I’m Not Rappaport and off-Broadway in The Dining Room, Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and Landscape with Waitress. On television, he appears frequently in all of the incarnations of Law and Order. His film work includes JFK, Still of the Night, Without a Trace, and For Love or Money.