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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Ben Cramer Narrator: Richard Ben Cramer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joe DiMaggio was, at every turn, one man we could look at who made us feel good. In the hard-knuckled thirties, he was the immigrant boy who made it big -- the dominant star in the New York Yankees dynasty. He was Broadway Joe, the icon of elegance, the man who wooed and won Marilyn Monroe -- the most beautiful girl America could dream up.

Joe DiMaggio was a mirror of our best self. And he was also the loneliest hero we ever had.

In this groundbreaking biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer presents a shocking portrait of a complicated, enigmatic life. The story that DiMaggio never wanted told, relates his grace and greed; his dignity, pride, and hidden shame. It is a story that sweeps through the twentieth century, bringing to light not just America's national game, but the birth (and the price) of modern national celebrity. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinary biography…This work will go down as one of the most definitive stories of a life and its times, sports or otherwise…You will not be disappointed.” 

    Larry King

  • “The most absorbing and readable sports biography in recent memory.” 

    New York Times

  • “Absolutely persuasive…Cramer is an all-star reporter…DiMaggio is rendered so vividly you almost want to look away.” 


  • For anyone who wants a meticulously researched, gracefully written exploration into the heart and mind of a hero—and the nation that loved him.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An often brilliant and deeply disturbing look into the rise of one of the country’s modern-day giants.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Alex | 4/6/2011

    " I am a huge baseball fan but this book failed to grab me at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonathan | 3/23/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. It portrayed a different view/look on Joltin' Joe that I hadn't heard before. Also appreciated the time it spent on Marilyn Monroe and then post baseball life. Very enjoyable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 3/17/2011

    " DeMaggio was kind of a jerk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ed | 11/24/2010

    " I really enjoyed this audio book on 4 cassette tapes. Joe had a harder life than I ever imagined, but wow was he an amazing athlete. "

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