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The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

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    A must read for all baseball fans!

    I first read this book when it came out in 2010 and I recently purchased the Nook version and read it again. It was such a good book I felt as if I needed it in my electronic library.

    Howard Bryant conducted several interviews with key figures in the life of Henry Aaron, including friends, family members, and teammates. The book follows Aaron from his early days in segregated Alabama, through his days in the Negro Leagues, his integration of the Southern League, his days with the Milwaukee Braves, his move with the team to Atlanta, his march to 715, and his return to Milwaukee. Bryant also covers Aaron's many accomplishments after his playing days were over.

    With Aaron, the numbers speak for themselves, but Bryant goes deeper. While Bryant obviously admires his subject, he pulls no pucnches and points out that Aaron's elusive approach with reporters contributed to his rocky relationship with the press. However, Bryant gives plenty of examples of the how the press unfairly portrayed black and Latin players.

    I especially enjoyed Bryant's coverage of the mostly tenuous relationsip between Aaron and Willie Mays. The "Say Hey Kid" does not get a free pass from Bryant.

    Any baseball fan will enjoy this book, especially those of us who believe that Henry Louis Aaron is still baseball's legitimate Home Run King.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    I also recommend "The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds"

    Strange how Hank Arron looks like Tiger Woods on the cover. Errie.

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