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Joe and Marilyn: A Memory of Love
     

Joe and Marilyn: A Memory of Love

by Roger Kahn
 

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They lived in the headlines and on the edge. He was the most famous and probably the finest ballplayer of his generation. She was America's blonde. They were intense, impassioned lovers and long after that, gentle and loving friends. All that didn't work between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe was their marriage.

Here Roger Kahn describes the love, the joy, the

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They lived in the headlines and on the edge. He was the most famous and probably the finest ballplayer of his generation. She was America's blonde. They were intense, impassioned lovers and long after that, gentle and loving friends. All that didn't work between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe was their marriage.

Here Roger Kahn describes the love, the joy, the heartbreak that was Joe and Marilyn, one of the great poignant romances. Drawing on more than five years of research, Kahn gives us a DiMaggio who was almost as godlike as his legend on the diamond, but vulnerable and human off the field. With her knockabout childhood and her stormy starlet years, he presents a Marilyn of whom someone said: "She doesn't need a husband, she needs a salvation."

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Publishers Weekly

The recording of Kahn's 1986 biography arrives at a fitting crossroads. As the public wades deeper into the waters of reality television, 24/7 media coverage and celebrity overexposure, the star-crossed-and frenetic press coverage-of DiMaggio and Monroe's pairing more than 50 years ago is surprisingly relevant. Dick Hill puts his slightly nasal delivery and urban-tinged accent to remarkably good use, and his portrayal of young Marilyn's Dickensian journey through a series of foster homes and orphanages remains especially haunting. Evocative and never affected, Hill's narration is compelling even for those listeners already familiar with the biographical revelations. An Avon paperback. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

Sportswriter Kahn's (The Boys of Summer) 1986 account of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe's meeting, courtship, and marriage is now available on CD (the Books on Tape cassette edition has long been out of print). Kahn leans more heavily toward baseball history and the events of the 1950s than Joe and Marilyn's relationship, providing a very surface level accounting of Marilyn's career and life pre-Joe. Those seeking more detailed personal information about Marilyn should consult other dedicated biographies, e.g., those by Donald Spoto and John Gilmore. The production quality is good, but three-time Audie Award winner Dick Hill's (Above the Law) performance is merely average. Best suited for sports, history, and biography buffs. [Audio clip available through brillianceaudio.com.-Ed.]
—Nicole A. Cooke

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688025175
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1986
Pages:
388

Meet the Author

Roger Kahn is the award-winning author of The Boys of Summer, the classic bestseller about Jackie Robinson, the Dodgers and growing up in Brooklyn. He is the author of many other books whose subjects range from baseball to political activism, including Joe & Marilyn: A Memory of Love about the courtship and marriage of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe and A Flame of Pure Fire, A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 1999 about boxing great Jack Dempsey.

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