Tom Eldridge's Reviews > The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

The Last Boy by Jane Leavy
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Jan 09, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

If you are a sports fan, a baseball fan, a Yankees fan, or even an American history and culture enthusiast, this is a book for you. Mantle was one of the greatest icons of baseball. His records still hold up, his acheivements remarkable. He was also a tortured soul who lived with personal demons till the day he died. This chronicle offers information from personal documents and interviews unavailabe before. The author had personal dealings with Mick so is able to provide first hand accounts into his character. She also researches and explains the physical issues that gave Mickey his astonishing power and capabilities, as well as his eventual downfall. A terrific insight into a larger than life American icon, bringing him down to human, fallible dimensions, and exposing the sad, pathetic soul that he was, along with the incredible talent and amazing accomplishments of this once in a lifetime, godlike athlete! An easy, entertaining read!

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