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Author: Jane Leavy
ISBN13: 978-0060883539
Title: The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
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Language: English
Category: Americas
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
Pages: 512

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy

Did Mantle swing the same way right-handed and left-handed? What really happened to his knee in the 1951 World Series? What happened to the red-haired, freckle-faced boy known back home as Mickey Charles? "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.

Mantle, Mickey, 1931-1995. Corporate Name: New York Yankees (Baseball team). On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book The last boy : Mickey Mantle and the end of America's childhood, Jane Leavy.

Leavy concludes that Mantle cavorted in a more innocent time, when people believed in sports heroes and would not hear otherwise. That's hardly a new idea, but no matter: by the end of this book, readers will know what made Mantle rise, fall, and survive into recovery for his last 18 months. In Leavy's hands, the life of Mantle no longer defies logic: it seems inevitable. She's hit a long home run. 8 pages of color and 8 pages of b&w photos. The Last Boy Mickey Mantle and the End - Jane Leavy

About book: Fantastic biography of arguably the most iconic baseball player of the 1950s and early 60s. Leavy's story structure seems unconventional at first, introducing different sections of the book with excerpts from a 1983 article she wrote on Mantle in her early days as a sports reporter. She focuses on key dates in Mantle's life, but does not limit her storytelling to these specific events. Rather she highlights these milestones and uses them to branch off into the totality of Mantle's life in a more-or-less sequential format. The baseball stories are fantastic.

It is an uncommon biography, with literary overtones: not only a portrait of an icon, but an investigation of memory itself

Mickey Mantle was one of my childhood heroes, even though, as an Indians fan, he played for the hated Yankees. We all followed the rivalry between him and Roger Maris to see if either could break Ruth’s record of 60 home runs. We all tried to switch hit when we played baseball, something most of us did very badly. We debated, as this book explores, whether Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays was the better player. I was also pleased to see this was written by Jane Leavy. I had thoroughly enjoyed her biography of another childhood hero, Sandy Koufax

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of AudioBook Jane Leavy.

Jane Leavy captures the beautiful, imperfect Mickey Mantle with equal measures of depth and empathy. She finds the buried answers to the riddle of what drove and haunted the Mick. David Maraniss, author of Clemente and Lombardi: When Pride Still Mattered). Mickey Mantle is an American success story. A poor country boy, he captured the heart of the country's biggest city and became a hero to much of a generation. He was talented and was a nice guy. But those talents and that niceness were also part of a tragedy.

Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. MICKEY MANTLE’S SWEATER HANGS on the door to my office. I put it there the day I decided to write this book. It is the first thing I see when I sit down at my desk in the morning and the last thing I see when I shut down the computer at night. It has followed me from closet to closet and house to house since he gave it to me twenty-seven years ago.

Award-winning sports writer Jane Leavy follows her New York Times runaway bestseller Sandy Koufax with the definitive biography of baseball icon Mickey Mantle.

The legendary Hall-of-Fame outfielder was a national hero during his record-setting career with the New York Yankees, but public revelations of alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife badly tarnished the ballplayer's reputation in his latter years.

In The Last Boy, Leavy plumbs the depths of the complex athlete, using copious first-hand research as well as her own memories, to show why The Mick remains the most beloved and misunderstood Yankee slugger of all time.

Reviews: 7
Leavy is a former sportswriter who has love and understanding of baseball that comes through as she writes about Micky Mantle. She describes him as tragic hero - so gifted, so flawed, so damaged, so beautiful. His traumatic knee injury occured just seven months into his major league career. His death from alcohol-related cancer only 18 months after hard-earned sobriety. He did not have much time to be at his very best. Her writing is beautiful, the story (even though we all know how it ends) is captivating. I enjoyed it.

The book includes 22 photos and 8 magazine covers.

Ali Julia review
I feel that Jane Leavy certainly did plenty of research and organization for this biography of Mickey Mantle. I enjoyed the way his life was presented, intertwined with her own interview of Mantle.
I would guess that this book would not be appreciated by most Yankee fans as much of it consists of the tearing down of one of their heroes. Then again, it tells of his gentle or sensitive side as well. I must say that if "The Mick" was my favorite player, I would not like this book, as much of the negative information was not necessarily known to the masses.
Willie Mays was my baseball hero and there have been numerous books about him, most mentioning his flaws, but they were so minor compared to this exhaustive, mostly negative narrative about Mickey Mantle.
That said, it was well done.
Danny G.
PS--even though Mantle told Duke Snider and Willie Mays that Willie was the best of the three, Jane Leavy does go on to prove that Mickey was better.
14 CDs! oof! But really great. Listened to it driving to Spring Training.
Mick was never a hero to me. I admired him as a ballplayer, not so much as a human being. The book showed me that he was not his own creation. I admire his honesty and humility that I never saw before; and the totally beyond comprehension courage that it took him to play for almost all his career in abject pain that would flatten any of us.
I'm an old guy and remember all the players of the time, and it was just so cool to hear their names again.
Theres a lot of locker room stuff that is hilarious, some sadness and tears, and a lot of cheers for the MICK. I understand him so much better now and I do admire him. And you do need to listen to (or read) all of it
I've read Jane Leavy's bio of Sandy Koufax and thought it was one of the best baseball bios I'd read for quite awhile. I was expecting similar great things from her bio of Mickey Mantle but I was greatly disappointed.

One key problem: She chose a number of significant events from Mantle's life and highlighted those. This meant that she jumped around often and sometimes repeated herself. Very confusing.

Another, lesser, problem, for me at least. She focused way too much on his personal life (all the womanizing, drinking, and even the abuse he faced) and far too little on his baseball career.

The authors writes really well and her stuff is interesting. I also appreciated how she tried to prove (or disprove) certain stories/events from his life. These seemed to crop up as to illnesses but sometimes other things, too.

If she writes another baseball bio, no doubt I'll read it. However, I certainly do hope it's better than this one.
I'm not a Yankees fan at all. In fact, I have been a Yankees hater since I started watching baseball in 1975 (as a 5 year old Dodgers fan). I am a sports fan though, and Mickey Mantle is one of those personalities that transcends sports.
Very insightful book. I knew he had struggled with alcoholism but did not know it was to this extent.
Very heartbreaking story about his life as a nonexistent dad & husband
Mickey Mantle is an American success story. A poor country boy, he captured the heart of the country's biggest city and became a hero to much of a generation. He was talented and was a nice guy. But those talents and that niceness were also part of a tragedy.

Injuries and debauchery prevented Mantle from realizing his full potential. Perhaps he suffered from a disease, either genetic or caused by early exposure to lead and other mining wastes. He was a heavy drinker and a womanizer, as well, and never comfortable in the role of hero, despite his talent and achievements. At the heart of his failures was Mantle's sincere belief that would die early.

Jane Leavy as a biographer does what Plutarch prescribed: she searches throughout the book for signs of Mickey Mantle's soul. His obedience but resentment of his father, his callousness toward his wife, his negative feelings for Joe DiMaggio, his attempts to please and his simultaneous disregard for Casey Stengel, his leadership and his reluctance to be a team lead, his talent and his uneasiness with being treated like a star--Mantle's life was a parade from one contradiction to another.

One theory about Mantle's frequent injuries was that while his muscles were powerful, his connecting tissue--tendons, ligaments, cartilage--were only normal and could not withstand the strain of being stretched constantly. Consequently, Mantle's performance suffered because he was almost chronically injured and in pain. Perhaps there was a similar mismatch between his talent and his character. He did not seek or want the attention and the responsibility that often accompanies the ability to achieve on a high levels.

Mantle tried to deal with contradictions much like the characters in the Great Gatsby--with a perpetual party. He drank and caroused. Leavy provides many examples of how his off field activities DID NOT adversely affect his playing, a litany of hang over home runs. But ultimately Mantle's life is a sad story.

No, Mickey Mantle's life is not a cautionary tale about the dangers of partying. His tragedy was that he was never prepared for his own talent. Leavy describes this tragedy skillfully.