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

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

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jane Leavy
publisher:
HarperEntertainment
genre:
Biography, Nonfiction

We gave it a C+

Jane Leavy ignored her childhood idol’s most boorish behavior in a 1983 newspaper profile she wrote about the Yankee legend, but their encounter, in which Mantle hit on her before passing out, frames this study. Despite the book’s ambitious title, The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, Leavy does little more than recount Mantle’s feats on the diamond and recycle the crude off-the-field behavior exposed in Jim Bouton’s Ball Four. There’s little new info; the Mick seen here is familiar, a brittle demigod who never saw himself as the golden boy his public demanded. C+

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