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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (24 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: October 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/11/2014

    " Of all the biographies I've read, I think this must be the saddest story of them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 1/5/2014

    " Read this book in just a few days. I found it to be a really good biography that didn't pull any punches, but I thought was done fairly (it didn't just demonize Mantle). I found myself oscillating between really liking Mickey Mantle and admiring his kindness and heroic efforts to play through injuries and being disappointed by his behavior and possibly wasting of his talent. It was interesting reading the author's encounter with her childhood hero and her disappointment in his actions, but ultimately her sympathy toward him as a flawed human being. I found it a good reminder that even the most talented among us are human beings that struggle through life, have self-doubts, and are flawed. Very interesting and compelling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/31/2013

    " This was a long read. Or else it felt like it. For the baseball fan it has a lot of stats and talked about many of his hits. It delved into his many injuries and how he acquired them. I enjoyed the biographical parts concerning how he was raised and his personality during his fame. True he was a one of a kind and a true baseball hero. But if his personality was anything like this book describes, theres no way, other than through baseball, that you could like him. And I did enjoy reading it, except I'm not a true sports fan so I would get lost when it would go through some of the stats and competition between players. Still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill S. | 12/23/2013

    " The Mick warts and all. More warts than I recall hearing about before but a worthwhile read about an American sports legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walt | 11/27/2013

    " Well written. As good as he was, if he had taken care of himself (and not suffered the terrible knee injury in the 1951 World Series), he might have been the best ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Davidson | 8/23/2013

    " As this was a free Friday book, and it had video clips in it, I decided to try it, although I am not a sports fan. I am very glad that I read it, as I learned a lot about a man that I did not know very much about. The video clips added a lot to the book too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/5/2012

    " Mickey Mantle was a flawed individual, this book presents a very fair and in depth look at his life, I wish there had been more baseball in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 3/11/2012

    " A bit overlong, sad, very well-researched and written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 2/3/2012

    " Terrific and sad and aptly named. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 1/6/2012

    " Entertaining mix of anecdote and analysis, sometimes a bit more than I needed on the side stories (who far did the original Tape-Measure Home Run actually travel?) but the story line picks up again. Mantle emerges of an athlete of enormous strength, speed and will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 12/5/2011

    " Very interesting way to approach writing a biography--through 10 important days in the athlete's life--not a huge baseball fan but I enjoyed this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Golden | 6/30/2011

    " Amazing book about an American Icon! Shows both sides of the man, his prodigious baseball achievements and his human failings! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 4/30/2011

    " Not sure I completely liked the authors writing style. I have her book on Koufax, so I'll give he another try. Found a lot of informative items in the book that I had not heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 4/15/2011

    " I haven't read the other books, but this was a record of his life and successes and failures. The end of the book was very moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 4/7/2011

    " Nothing new...just a rehash of lots of other people's writings about #7. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billymojo | 4/7/2011

    " Not for the faint of heart. Emotionally gripping and very, very sad. Hard to shelve under sports and leisure. Mickey Mantle was a tragic and damaged individual. If you want to know all about it, it's here. But be prepared for some rough spots. A worthy effort but not a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 3/16/2011

    " No Joe D, and comparatively simple. But a nice book for spring training. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 3/13/2011

    " The 1st ebook formatted title that I
    have ever read. I checked out the book from Denver Public library via ther IPhone app the Overdrive media console. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Svk | 3/11/2011

    " If it wasn't Mickey Mantle and you read these stories about a regular guy you would think "what a pig!l. Instead, it was a sad tale about a guy who blew a lot of his talent and was still one of the greatest players ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/9/2011

    " A really good read and the author's personal encounter with the Mick really helped guide her narrative. It's hard to like the Mick but even with his faults his time as a ball player were irresistable. I now have a biography on Maris to read. "

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About the Author

Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of Sandy Koufax and the comic novel Squeeze Play, called “the best novel ever written about baseball” by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Washington, D.C.