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

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Harper Collins, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

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.

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Very thorough and well written biography about Mickey Mantle, a legend of baseball. His story is tragic in many ways, from his accident-prone career to the life choices he made that led to even more ... Read full review

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Biographies and history, are my favorite reading subjects. This book, combined them all. Really an insightful look into a personality landmark of America and the American game of baseball. This book ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Jane Leavy, award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post, is author of the New York Times bestsellers Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy, The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, and the comic novel Squeeze Play. She lives in Washington, D.C. and Truro, Massachusetts.

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