Jeff Labrecque
January 03, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST

The Kid

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Baseball legend Ted Williams always said the movie of his life should open with him piloting his jet into battle during the Korean War. But journalist Bradlee, who spent more than a decade researching his definitive 800-plus-page bio, The Kid, begins with Williams on the slab as technicians saw off his head in order to preserve it cryonically. Fans will still revel in the Kid’s Fenway Park heroics, detailed beautifully here, but they’ll also see his more cantankerous side, as Bradlee’s rare interviews with Williams’ women — his lovers and daughters — shed new light on the slugger and on the sad final chapter of his life. A

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