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Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer
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Nov 02, 08

Read in September, 2007

This is a far from flattering portrait of DiMaggio the man. He is shown to be petty, cheap, chauvanistic, possessive, jealous, and incredibly narcissistic. If the point of a biography is to expose the flaws and shed light on the humanity of our heroes, this book does this and more.

I will say that specific references to his baseball prowess are more impressive than any basebal card could do justice. But what's most fascinating is how this man was literally deified in life.

After all, who doesn't want to be known as the greatest living ballplayer, marry the world's most famous sexpot, and never have to pay for a meal?

Interesting book, but I'll take a bio over Teddy Ballgame anyday.
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