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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Madden Narrator: Kerin McCue Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No owner has changed the landscape of sports more than New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. From the moment he bought the team in 1973 for $10 million, Steinbrenner's monomaniacal pursuit was to restore the most fabled franchise in baseball history to its former glory. Today the New York Yankees are worth more than $1 billion and are once again world champions.

Award-winning sportswriter Bill Madden traces Steinbrenner from his early days in Cleveland through his years as a shipping magnate, a Nixon fund-raiser, and a champion horse breeder to the fateful moment when he bought the Yankees, even though his father disparaged George's desire to own a professional sports team as a "hobby." Over the next four decades, Steinbrenner's tumultuous reign included his epic battles with Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, even beloved Yankee captain Derek Jeter. His ruthless and free-spending tactics made him a lightning rod for controversy but they also paid off: Steinbrenner's Yankees have won seven championships and remain the gold standard in all sports. In the last few years, with his health declining, the Boss ceded control of the team to his sons, but not before lording over the team's historic transition from the House That Ruth Built to the House That George Built.

Throughout his three decades of covering the Yankees, Bill Madden has cultivated hundreds of sources at every level in the organization, from the many managers and front-office personnel Steinbrenner has fired to the bat boys who are ever present in the locker room. All of them have colorful stories about the man with whom they have enjoyed a love-hate relationship, but it is the Boss himself whose voice rises above the rest. And when Steinbrenner decided to give his final print interview, he spoke to Madden to set the record straight on his extraordinary life and career.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With the perseverance and patience of someone who has covered the Yankees for more than thirty years. Bill Madden takes the reader into the secret clubhouse of George Steinbrenner and intimately chronicles all the hubris and chutzpah that have marked the Boss’ reign.”

    Gay Talese, bestselling author of Honor Thy Father

  • “Riveting…Reading the book feels like the literary equivalent of passing a traffic accident; it is all but impossible to turn away.”

    New York Times

  • “Definitive, indispensible…A vivid and entertaining portrait.”

    Sports Illustrated

  • “With impressive reporting and an impeccable eye for detail Madden has written the definitive biography of one of the most fascinating figures in baseball history. Buy it, read it, pass it on to your kids. They won’t believe this stuff really happened.”

    Jonathan Eig, author of The Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

  • “Madden provides a definitive and captivating biography of ‘The Boss.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim Headlee | 2/20/2014

    " An excellent, thorough portrait of a very unique man that goes well beyond the media caricatures... and sometimes justifies them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daniel Nelson | 2/9/2014

    " One of the more impressive biographies I have read. Deep in texture, Steinbrenner is a fascinating character in the world of Major League Baseball. The anecdotes and stories of the Yankee owner from 1973 to present day are a noteworthy collection to the new age of baseball. There are passages that made me audibly laugh. Author Bill Madden has written the authoritative biography of "The Boss." It is an impressive read with impeccable reporting. Steinbrenner is an intriguing character and this book is a complete collection of some of the more entertaining stories of a sports figure that you will find. It is an utterly fascinating study of human interaction and success. The mercurial Steinbrenner comes to life in this book. I highly recommend reading this book. You will not be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Loconsolo | 2/1/2014

    " I feel that that is a very fair depiction of the man George Steinbrenner was. Madden did not hold back and did not sugar coat in his book. As a life long Yankee fan born in the late 70's, I really enjoyed the behind the scenes stories that Madden wrote about. Steinbrenner certainly was an interesting man, he was definitely a bully, definitely passionate about winning, and definitely made many a mistakes while running this organization, but he also was the main reason, be it directly or indirectly that the Yankees are the dominant, successful franchise and business that they are today. This is a great biography. It will at times make you hate Steinbrenner for his meddling, appreciate him for his passion, and feel bad for him in his later years. A must read for Yankee and non-Yankee fans alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jay | 1/22/2014

    " I approached this as a baseball fan and as a fan of business books. It's interesting to see how organizations operate and are managed. This story was the story of the bully as boss. Did he have redeeming traits? Some, but they sure didn't overwhelm the bullying of his employees in the narrative of this book. If this were a novel, the antagonist would have had second thoughts prior to the end. It doesn't seem to have happened here. That left the end a bit unsatisfying, no send off, just a fading away to an abrupt ending. I tried to put myself into his shoes in various places in the narrative, and I just couldn't imagine coming up with the responses he did - he seems a very unique individual. "

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