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The Last Boy (Enhanced Edition): Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
     

The Last Boy (Enhanced Edition): Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

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by Jane Leavy
 

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The enhanced e-book of The Last Boy includes 30 minutes of video that provide unique analysis of Mantle's left and right handed swings * Mantle memorabilia not found in the book * Insight into the structure of the book * And other information sure to interest Mantle and baseball fans.

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The enhanced e-book of The Last Boy includes 30 minutes of video that provide unique analysis of Mantle's left and right handed swings * Mantle memorabilia not found in the book * Insight into the structure of the book * And other information sure to interest Mantle and baseball fans.

Meticulously reported and elegantly written, The Last Boy weaves together the author’s own memories of Mickey Mantle with stories and reminiscences, both on and off the field, of a man who led the Yankees to seven world championships, was voted the American League’s MVP three times, won the Triple Crown in 1956 and dueled teammate Roger Maris in the thrilling 1961 chase for the single season home-run record — all the while battling crippling injuries and the lifelong drinking problem that eventually led to his death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062060365
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/16/2010
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
377,615
File size:
355 MB
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Meet the Author

Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of Sandy Koufax and the comic novel Squeeze Play, called “the best novel ever written about baseball” by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood (Enhanced Edition) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 373 reviews.
Deetsy More than 1 year ago
First, let me say thanks to B&N for the good book, I am enjoying it & having no problems as of yet. I really like this new "enhanced" idea. Technology marches on! Now to the other reviews... I am appalled at what I am seeing here! Are you all so stuck in your entitlement mind sets that you whine that your "free gift" isn't good enough? Welcome to the real world! You purchased the e-reader you wanted. B&N generously gives out a free book every Friday. This friday they gave out TWO. One was for the NookColor in a format only available on that device. That is not discrimination folks. It's called Business, giving a taste of the new format available to those that are able to use it. Would you call it discrimination if your auto dealership was giving a free bed liner with the purchase of a pick-up truck, but you bought a car so they wouldn't give you the bed liner?. Gee, I live more than an hour away from the nearest B&N store, it must be discrimination that makes it so I can't get my free cookie with my frappuccino! I think a little more gratitude & a whole lot less attitude is in order! God bless you B&N for being involved in the wonderful free enterprise system that makes this country strong.
ALKNYC More than 1 year ago
What a great read. It's a complex portrait of a complex man. Jane Leavy was (and still is so far as I can tell) a huge fan of the Mick, and her love for him set her on a quest to understand him and the wreck he became in later life. It's a shame that SI and The Daily News choose to excerpt the negative (more sensationalistic) portions of the book, making it seem unbalanced. Leavy's portrait in no way detracts from Mantle's accomplishments, and and she helps you realized that they were even more amazing given the physical and psychological damage that he suffered. It's a terrific follow-up to her Koufax book. Both show deep knowledge of baseball and remarkable literary talent.
TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
Even life-long Mantle fans will find some new insights as well as the familiar lore. A sympathetic yet no-holds-barred biography of the greatest ball player that ever lived, and his struggles on and off the field. A must for all baseball fans... a wonderful gift for any New York Yankees fan. Do get the enhanced version if possible, the extra videos are very nice to have.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
This is a biography of New York Yankee Mickey Mantle. I'm not exactly sure how to review it so I will just tell you my feelings. I am an avid baseball fan - mostly the Baltimore Orioles therefore, you do hear about the dreaded Yankees. So I really expected to hear more about baseball, but what I read was basically about injures and inappropriate behavior by Mantle and his teammates. He couldn't seem gather his excellence from the field and continue it in his private life. The first few chapters were interesting, but then it just seemed to be the same over and over - play great, injury, bad behavior, repeat. I guess hearing the life of another pro player who just died, there was a great contrast - maybe Mantle was a great player who was denied his full potential by an early injury, but the injury wasn't what stopped him from being a great man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! When downloading apps or enhanced books, you need to remove the sd card prior to download.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable at times and terribly sad at times but about an unforgetable athelete who came across as not worthy of being loved I am a 73 year old woman and selected this book because in looking back, mickey mantle comes to mind easily and in capital letters as "baseball"! Example: joe dimaggio - oh yes, the ball player that married marilyn monroe Others mentioned in this book - oh, yeah - i remember the name but if you had listed them including mantle and asked me which ones played baseball - i would've picked "only" mantle! Ending this essay with my heart broke for this man and his family
kyohin More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Mickey, don't be afraid to read this book. If you are like me, you will still love him. Like any other human being, he had flaws. For me he is still the all-time greatest baseball player. I still remember watching him in black and white but he put color on the screen with his playing. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book hard to put down. It really captured the time period of the fifties and sixties in New York. I know this book has been considered controversial, as it shows the darker side of Mantle and his health problems. However, I think the reader will have a new perspective on Mantle, and can make their own judgements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read that delves deeper than just the stats of The Mick. Jane Levy takes monumental moments from Mantle's career and tells how it shaped the man. Not your typical year by year book focusing only on the outstanding statistical achievements of Mantle's career, but a boom that focuses in the flaud activity of Mantle off the field. A book that goes into what could have been if Mantle had taken better care of himself. It is still amazing what Mantle achieved while battling his many demons.
coldbeer59 More than 1 year ago
Good reading! Becoming a baseball fan shortly after he retired, I learned much about Mickey, not all flattering. It helped that I was able to recognize so many names and places in the book.
sherryberry5 More than 1 year ago
This is a great biography of the Mick. You want to know what he was really like, what he went through in his life, the real Mick? Then read this book. Too many of the other biographies of this great baseball player make him seem like some kind of god. It turns out, despite the denials in the last days of his life, that he truly was a hero, though a flawed hero at that, but aren't we all? The libraries are full of biographies of baseball gods, but it is much easier to be a god, than a hero, and few books illustrate that better than "The Last Boy."
Preserved-Killick More than 1 year ago
As sports go, golf has the best jokes, racing has the greatest intrigue (see Smoky Yunick), but nothing has stories like Baseball.
senated More than 1 year ago
I was born at the front end of the baby boom and was 10 to 16 years old when Mantle was at his peak. The NBA was nowhere and the NFL was just entering the consciousness of the sports fan. Baseball received the bulk of the publicity and Mantle was the golden boy of baseball. This book tarnishes the gold. He is an irresponsible drunk, a terrible husband and father, but boy, could he play baseball. After reading this there is no reason to continue to idolize him but I can't help it. I guess my childhood hasn't ended.
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Powerful and captivating about a baseball hero. Mantle's athleticism, charm and devistating addiction to alcohol in a book full of anecdotes that travels through time periods of lifestyle, sadness and celebration. Thanks for letting me get to know and understand The Mick!
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Mickey Mantle has always been a legend to me and always will be. Some others I thought were are not anymore. Some players that I just knew their name I have more respect for them than my former favorites. This book really showed me the true Mickey Mantle and my belief in him will always hold true. He will always be a true legend in baseball.
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