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Joe and Marilyn: The Tragic Love Story of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe

3.05 of 5 stars 3.05  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  10 reviews
They lived in the headlines and on the edge. He was the most famous and probably the finest ballplayer of his generation. She was America's blonde. They were intense, impassioned lovers and long after that, gentle and loving friends. All that didn't work between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe was their marriage.

Here Roger Kahn describes the love, the joy, the heartbreak t

Published by William Morrow & Company (first published January 1st 1986)
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Elizabeth Periale

"In Joe & Marilyn, published in 1986, author Roger Kahn, probably best known for his book The Boys of Summer, announces early on that he is convinced Marilyn had mental problems, was depressed, and killed herself. That is his opinion, and he is entitled to it, but such a sweeping, un-nuanced statement leaves out any other possible interpretations. And it also keeps his hero, Joe DiMaggio, at a safe distance."
Frisco Del Rosario
The trouble with "Joe and Marilyn" is that it wasn't long enough a relationship to carry a book, so 45 percent of it is about Joe and baseball, 45 percent of it is about Marilyn and Hollywood, and 10 percent — less than we'd hope, given the title — is about their intersecting paths.

Roger Kahn is an outstanding writer and journalist, a pleasure to read in any event.
Of course I liked this book, I love Marilyn and it gave great insight to the psychology of Joe Dimaggio. You can understand why he wasthe way he was, after reading this.
Deena Scintilla
Too much baseball & not enough "Joe & Marilyn". Sorry Yankee fans.
This was ok. For one thing the author turned me off when he said Marilyn committed suicide. But I continued. As another GoodReads reader commented...there was not enough to write a book on their relationship. Instead, it was a good deal about Joe's life and a little about Marilyn. Since I didn't know much about Joe, it explained a good deal...still not sure how these personalities managed to get along at all....! Should have stayed an affair..:) A very hot one at that...
Not as good as it could have been..sad..
Too much Joe Di Maggio, not enough Marilyn. Too little time dedicated to their actual relationship.
Decent. Written in the 80's. Doesn't believe any of the conspiracy theories about Marilyn's death. She simply wanted to die more than live any more. Joe was basically a jerk.
Listened to the audio of the love story of Joe and Marilyn, their short but bittersweet marriage and divorce.
Too very different people.
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