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Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age

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  • Posted February 13, 2015

    Great Story of Two Baseball Greats!!!

    A very engaging story of one of my baseball hero's (Willie Mays), and another one of the great "hated Yankees" (Mickey Mantle)... Well written, easy to read - didn't want to put the book down until I had finished it!!! Highly recommended!!!

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  • Posted August 16, 2014

    "Mickey and Willie" by Allen Barra is a biography of t

    "Mickey and Willie" by Allen Barra is a biography of two of the most famous men in baseball, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. This book is subtitled, "Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age", and what Barra does is shine light on the personal and professional lives of both Mickey and Willie, and points out how similar the two men were, in many different aspects of their lives.




    I appreciated that Barra took the time to research the pre-baseball lives of Mantle and Mays, and give the reader an understanding of their childhood and why they chose baseball. I think that this is as important of a detail as any, considering that both Mickey and Willie's fathers were employed in manual labor, and without the intervention of baseball, most likely would have followed in their footsteps.




    Barra follows both Willie and Mickey in their professional careers, highlight both the ups and downs. I liked the fact that this book really details the personal side of these men, how they were feeling, the struggles they were facing, and the disappointments they had. I think that this book really humanizes these two men, who have become legends in the game.




    I would highly recommend this book to any baseball lover. I thought it was a great read, full of interesting and entertaining stories about Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. I would give this book a 5/5, for sure. Easy to read, and Barra does a great job of telling the story of their lives without making it overcomplicated.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    For all that grew up in the late 40's and 50's its a must read

    Brings back many memories! I was in my early teens then and the book brought many good times.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    A very enjoyable read. Having read almost every book ever writt

    A very enjoyable read. Having read almost every book ever written about the 'Mick' I found the author's research to be very refreshing and at last some new insight into Mantle's career and life. A marvelous concept to draw the comparison with the great Willie Mays. Growing up in the 50's I found the story very interesting and told as it was. Any baseball fan should find this book very enjoyable. If you are a fan of the time when three teams from New York ruled baseball, you will find the book a real treat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

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    This is a great book. The writer does a great job defining the c

    This is a great book. The writer does a great job defining the characters and depicting their relationship. You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book, but if you are it makes it all the better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Interesting, fun and informative.

    Interesting, fun and informative.

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    Posted November 3, 2014

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