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The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of…

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

by Jane Leavy

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Leavy's book is more of a self-discovery: the flawed (seriously flawed) hero who was and is adored by fans and friends, and who's "out of the spotlight" outrageous behavior is also well documented. He also suffered horrific pain with his knees and, later, other related injuries. This Mantle reminds me somewhat of Peter Pan in the television series "Once Upon a Time." He doesn't really grow up until it's much too late.

I found Leavy's technique of selecting specific incidents to build her story of the Mick to be disjointed and hard to follow at times, but it was also fascinating to read. Having grown up with brothers who despised the Yankees, but loved Mantle, it was an interesting tour. ( )
  Prop2gether | Oct 3, 2014 |
A miserable hack job, written with a poison pen. Full of unsubstantiated inuendoe and twists of fact, a vicious slander written by a minor writer who seeks revenge on an icon of 1950's baseball who didn't fulfill her own pathetic fantasies. Avoid this like the plague. ( )
  EdGoldstein | Jul 31, 2014 |
Really disappointing read. Too scattered, it could have really benefited from a more narrative style. Leavy's voice didn't seem to come through for most of the work, as it was just page after page of direct quotes. ( )
  ScoutJ | Jul 9, 2014 |
The Mick - a boyhood hero, a remarkable baseball player and a very deeply flawed man. One of the greats on the field and a skunk in most of the rest of his life. Definitely the Last Boy but Leavy hardly made the case for "the End of America's Childhood," whatever that might be. ( )
  namfos | Jul 24, 2013 |
Mickey Mantle was pretty much the idol of every boy who grew up in the 50s and 60s. We all wanted to be him. Now we find out that he really was just a lecherous jerk who could have been the best baseball player of all time had he taken care of himself and not had a number of unfortunate injuries.

This book is well written. I just don't like the Mickey Mantle that it portrays. Leavy is not writing a hatchet job. None of this is new. Still, it is all collected in one place.

"The Last Boy"? No. Really just a continuation of a long line of jerks in the world. ( )
  dougbq | Jul 20, 2013 |
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Drawing on interviews with friends and family, as well as teammates and opponents, "New York Times"-bestselling author Leavy delivers the definitive account of one of the biggest talents and most tragic figures ever to play baseball--Mickey Mantle.

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