Pamela's Reviews > Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero

Clemente by David Maraniss
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May 07, 2008

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Recommended for: sports fans

Clemente is a hero to a lot of young athletes, especially Latino ones, and I am really glad that finally someone wrote a book about him. With the Michael Vicks and Roger Clemens of today's sports world, it is hard to remember that there were and are some athletes who possess a genuine sense of humanity and honest athleticism.

The book is pretty well paced but at times redundant. Maraniss dwells on Clemente's complaining about his ailments at nauseum. Also, he could have put the context of the time when Clemente played into better perspective. The 60's and 70's were by no means performance enhancing free times but for a number of reasons, it was a different game from what it is today.

All in all, Clemente is a good read if for no other reason than the man himself should not be forgotten. Sports fans, especially young ones should consider reading it.

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