The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of Americaâ€™s Childhood
This gripping tale of the American legend blends myth and fact to create a nuanced portrait of The Mick
Ross Atkin Â | Â Christian Science Monitor | Â July 2, 2011
One wouldnâ€™t think that in the heart ofÂ Red Sox country, people would be clamoring to read about a Yankee. But thatâ€™s exactly what happened earlier this season when there was a run on at the Minuteman Library network forÂ Jane Leavyâ€™s acclaimed biographyÂ The Last Boy:Â Mickey Mantleand the End ofÂ Americaâ€™s Childhood. To deal with the reader demand, member libraries were forced to order extra copies â€“ and this for a book released last October.
The fascination with Mantle clearly transcends the pitched lines of a fierce sports rivalry. After all, Mantle, much likeÂ Marilyn Monroe, was an iconic figure who lived both a glamorous and tragic life.
Interestingly, Monroe was briefly married toÂ Joe DiMaggio, Mantleâ€™s predecessor as theÂ Yankeesâ€™ centerfielder. DiMaggio, however, was a standoffish teammate who Mantle felt did little to facilitate their handoff.
This comes through clearly in â€œThe Last Boy,â€ which very possibly is the definitive work on Mantle, despite there being more than 20 other books about him.
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