john critelli, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by john critelli)
For those of us who grew up in the 1950's and idolized Mickey Mantle this book is a must read and a real eye opener. This book reveals the real Mickey, warts and all. Leavey was also a fan but she paints a balanced portrait and shows a very human and flawed individual.
garymmm, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by garymmm)
One of the best researched sports books I've read in a long time. If you are ardent Mantle fan, Ms Leavy takes some of the shine off. If you are a Mantle hater, she digs deep to show the flaws of this American Sport's Hero and some of the reasons and circumstances that made him what he was - and you'll understand this icon better.
ajcritelli, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by ajcritelli)
For those of us who grew up in the '50's, Mickey represented everything that we wanted to be. This book brought back all of the memories of that time both good and bad. For all of us who grew up playing baseball and worshipping sports heroes this book is a great trip back in time. It helps to explain the hold that Mickey had on all of us.
by David Maraniss, author of Clemente and Lombardi: When Pride Still Mattered,
"The Last Boy is stunning. Jane Leavy captures the beautiful, imperfect Mickey Mantle with equal measures of depth and empathy. She finds the buried answers to the riddle of what drove and haunted the Mick."
by Publishers Weekly (starred review),
"With storytelling bravado and fresh research...[in] Leavy's hands, the life of Mantle no longer defies logic. She hits a long home run."
by Philadelphia Inquirer,
"[The Last Boy] is a tale deftly told, rich in detail, unvarnished and unsparing, researched to a fare-thee-well, alternatively fluid and florid, and without staleness because Leavy has found a new angle from which to come at a well-worked-over subject."
by Keith Olberman, The New York Times Book Review,
"The Last Boy is something new in the history of the histories of the Mick. It is hard fact, reported by someone greatly skilled at that craft...and presented so that the reader and not the author draws nearly all the conclusions."
by Time magazine,
"Leavy shows Mantle at his unfathomable worst and unrecognized best. For even the most ardent Mantleologist, The Last Boy, is an education."
by Joe Torre, bestselling author and former manager of the New York Yankees,
"Every kid growing up in New York in the '50s wanted to be Mickey Mantle, including me....Jane Leavy has captured the hold he had on all of us in this gripping biography."
by Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition and Nine Innings,
"The only thing about this book that is better than Jane Leavy's vivid prose is her astonishing reporting. To my knowledge, no one has ever investigated the life of an American athlete with Leavy's rigor and thoroughness."
by Booklist (starred review),
"A masterpiece of sports biography."
by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Team of Rivals,
"This is one of the best sports biographies I have ever read. Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, it reveals with stunning insight both the talents and the demons that drove Mickey Mantle, bringing him to life as never before."
by Tom Verducci, Co-author of the #1 bestseller The Yankee Years,
"In sharp detail and graceful style, Leavy cuts through the myth and treats us to a rarely known Mantle: more flawed, more human and more likeable. A terrific read."
"Part biography, part memoir, and part fan's note, The Last Boy is the most complete book ever about Mantle."
by New York Newsday,
"Engrossing....The Last Boy is a fresh, thorough examination of Mickey Mantle's life."
by Kirkus Reviews (starred review),
"Candid, compassionate...the best of the Mantle biographies."
by Boston Globe,
"Do not walk — sprint — to the bookstore to get a copy of The Last Boy."
by Sports Illustrated,
by Harper Collins,
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Time Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year
Jane Leavy, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Sandy Koufax: A Leftys Legacy, returns with a biography of an American original: number 7, Mickey Mantle. Meticulously reported and elegantly written, The Last Boy is a baseball tapestry that weaves together episodes from the authors weekend with the Mick in Atlantic City, where she interviewed her hero in 1983 after he was banned from baseball, with reminiscences from friends and family. It is the story of a boy from Commerce, Oklahoma, who would lead the Yankees to seven world championships, be voted the American Leagues Most Valuable Player three times, win the Triple Crown in 1956, and duel teammate Roger Maris for Babe Ruths home run crown in the summer of 1961 — a boy who would never grow up. The Last Boy is an uncommon biography, with literary overtones — not only a portrait of an icon but also an investigation of memory itself.
by Harper Collins,
Award-winning sports writer Jane Leavy follows her New York Times runaway bestseller Sandy Koufax with the definitive biography of baseball icon Mickey Mantle. The legendary Hall-of-Fame outfielder was a national hero during his record-setting career with the New York Yankees, but public revelations of alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife badly tarnished the ballplayer's reputation in his latter years. In The Last Boy, Leavy plumbs the depths of the complex athlete, using copious first-hand research as well as her own memories, to show why The Mick remains the most beloved and misunderstood Yankee slugger of all time.
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