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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,857 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Leavy Narrator: Jane Leavy, John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jane Leavy, the acclaimed author of the New York Times best seller Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, returns with a biography of an American original: number 7, Mickey Mantle. Drawing on more than 500 interviews with friends and family, teammates, and opponents, she delivers the definitive account of Mantle's life, mining the mythology of The Mick for the true story of a luminous and illustrious talent with an achingly damaged soul.

Meticulously reported and elegantly written, The Last Boy is a baseball tapestry that weaves together episodes from the author's weekend with The Mick in Atlantic City, where she interviewed her hero in 1983, after he was banned from baseball, with reminiscences from friends and family of the boy from Commerce, Oklahoma, who would lead the Yankees to seven world championships, be voted the American League's Most Valuable Player three times, win the Triple Crown in 1956, and duel teammate Roger Maris for Babe Ruth's home run crown in the summer of 1961 - the same boy who would never grow up.

As she did so memorably in her biography of Sandy Koufax, Jane Leavy transcends the hyperbole of hero worship to reveal the man behind the coast-to-coast smile, who grappled with a wrenching childhood, crippling injuries, and a genetic predisposition to alcoholism. In The Last Boy she chronicles her search to find out more about the person he was and, given what she discovers, to explain his mystifying hold on a generation of baseball fans, who were seduced by that lopsided, gap-toothed grin. It is an uncommon biography, with literary overtones: not only a portrait of an icon, but an investigation of memory itself.

I believe in memory, not memorabilia, Leavy writes in her preface. But in The Last Boy, she discovers that what we remember of our heroes - and even what they remember of themselves - is only where the story begins.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Annie | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting subject matter, but the writing was all over the place. I'm thinking the author has severe ADD. The writing definitely got in the way of what could have been a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat | 2/3/2014

    " Simply one of the best biographical works I have read. This book would be of interest to anyone who is a baseball fan. Beyond that, it serves as a morality tale and excellent character study of a supremely talented but tragically flawed human being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ross Bishoff | 2/1/2014

    " I loved this book. The thing this book shows is the ugly side of Mantle, which many people already had a clue about. But it also shows that Mantle was very likable. Yes he was a jerk, but he genuinely felt bad about the things he did and wanted to make it up to people. Not all great athletes are like that. Whether you love him or hate him (or the Yankees), this is one of the top biographies I've ever read. Leavy's writing is fantastic and the depth of research is mind-blowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 1/14/2014

    " Most people know the arc of Mantle's life story. Leavy admits this as she opens the book. But Leavy takes a different and compelling approach to the biography: she focuses on major dates in Mantle's life (first becoming a Yankee, hitting a ball into Yankee Statdium's facade, being admitted to the Betty Ford clinic) and tells of Mantle's life through that framework. She also brings in a two-day interview she had with Mantle in the 80s. Mantle was Leavy's childhood hero. Her biography shows both her reverence for him and her disappointment in him. I remember seeing "the Mick" in Yankee Stadium when I was a little boy; I share Leavy's feelings. Truly a tragic story. This one will stay with me. "

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