Ian Kennedy's Reviews > Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig
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Jul 02, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2009

This has to be one of my favorite books. It is certainly my favorite biography and sports related book. Eig brilliantly brings Gherig to life - contrasting the man in his baseball prime with the man succumbing to the ravages of the disease. The last third of the book is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever had the pleasure to read. Eig describes Gherig's slow decline - illustrated in the loss of his once mighty strength and, towards the end, his inability to even run to first base. The reader feels the bewilderment of his teammates, manager and Gherig's frustation with the decline of his physical abilities. More than just a baseball book! I was crying in the end. AMAZING!

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