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Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

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  • Posted September 23, 2009


    I can understand why DiMaggio did not want Cramer to write this book. I could not put this book down. If you do NOT really want to know the real DiMaggio this book is not for you.It starts off when he was a kid to the day he passed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2001

    A Major League Biography By Cramer

    Richard Ben Cramer has written a very interesting and well-written biography about Joe DiMaggio that is hard to put down. Be warned, however, that much of what is written about DiMaggio will make you realize that he may not have been as deserving of the pedestal on which the American public allowed him to live his life. Rather, Cramer makes DiMaggio less of an icon and more like what the rest of us are -- mere mortals and very human. Cramer certainly gives DiMaggio his due as an outstanding baseball player and worthy of the legendary status he still holds. However, he does not mince words in describing DiMaggio's frailties as a husband and father as well as his self-centeredness and, oftentimes, selfishness as a friend and business associate. While DiMaggio has been loved and worshiped by millions of people for his heroic baseball accomplishments, he appears to have lived much of his private life -- particularly his post-baseball life -- as a lonely and unhappy man. Richard Ben Cramer's 'Joe DiMaggio: A Hero's Life' is much more than a biography about a baseball player. It is a book that transcends the game and it's players and very clearly makes evident that the public image created by the media about our heroes may not be true representations of what these people are really like. Much controversy has surrounded this book in terms of the honesty in which Cramer portrays various episodes about DiMaggio's life. Regardless of how much of what is written is true, this is a book that is well worth reading and one I'd highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Behind the Black Curtain of a Hero

    Yes, there are some references in this book that perhaps only fans of baseball can enjoy. However, overall, this book gives a detailed and deafeningly dark look at the life of one of the icons that everyone appreciated during his prime. If you have any inkling to learn about what the life of a star is like, I doubt you will find a better reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    A Dark Portrait

    A sad look at the true life of Joe. It was an eye opener and I think a good buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    A Real Winner!

    An interesting, albeit nostalgic and depressing look at one of America's heroes. This account is a real value play for sport's buffs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2000

    Joe DiMaggio's Best Biography

    Richard Ben Cramer tells a most comprehensive story of the life of one of America's greatest sports figures. Some readers may be upset and dissappointed by what they read, but to expect our sports heroes to be anything but complex isn't being realistic. For all the Red Sox fans who feel Joe D. could not hold a candle to Ted Williams I say, Ted Williams would trade his batting titles for one of Joe's World Series rings. As a long time Yankee fan, I feel I know, and still admire, the real Joe DiMaggio. A must read for all baseball fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2000

    $$$ YANKEE $$$ CLIPPER $$$

    A well written biography by an acomplished writer about a very complexed man. However, the 'Joltin Joe' we've read about in the sports page and the 'Java Joe' we saw on TV only reinforce the question - Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? In fact, the 'Greatest Living Baseball Player' hardly possessed the same public persona off the field as he potrayed on the field. Perhaps, Dom DiMaggio only possessed a sliver of his brother's god given talent, but as a son, brother and friend he was a far better person than his athletically privilidged brother. In fact, as a Red Sox fan - Joe DiMaggio was just another no good dirty Yankee, who couldn't shine Ted Williams shoes either on the field or off!

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    Posted January 31, 2013

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