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Title:
Joe DiMaggio : the hero's life
Author:
Cramer, Richard Ben.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Physical Description:
xi, 546 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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English
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ISBN:
9780684853918
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Summary

A groundbreaking, breathtaking biography of one of the Century's great icons, the late Joe Dimaggio, from the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author of the bestseller WHAT IT TAKES. Few celebrities have captivated the sport's world for as long, or with such depth, as Joe DiMaggio. Here, for the first time, is the definitive story of his life, as told by the award-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer. In Cramer's hands, DiMaggio's complicated life, from the first game with the Yankees in the 1930's, his marriage to Marilyn Monroe and his rise to hero status, becomes a story of the media, the invention of a national celebrity in America, and the ways in which fame can both build and destroy. Using his renowned investigative skills, Cramer has uncovered startling, even shocking, information about DiMaggio's life and presents them with his trademark combination of 'jarring, unsentimental prose' (THE NEW YORK TIMES).


Author Notes

Richard Ben Cramer was born in Rochester, New York on June 12, 1950. He received a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and studied at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He worked at The Baltimore Sun before joining The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1970s. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his coverage of the Middle East as a correspondent. He later wrote for Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and Esquire.

His first book, What It Takes: The Way to the White House, was published in 1992 and examined the 1988 presidential campaign. His other works include DiMaggio: The Hero's Life, What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?, and How Israel Lost: The Four Questions. He died from complications of lung cancer on January 7, 2013 at the age of 62. At his death he was working on a book about Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The Yankee Clipper a type-A shark? Say it ain't so, Joe.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Listening to Cramer read his biography of Joe DiMaggio feels as though you are sitting in a bar talking baseball with a friend, only to have a grizzled regular overhear your conversation and interject pejoratively, "DiMaggio, eh? I'll tell you about DiMaggio." With a tough, throaty accent and straightforward manner, Cramer sounds as if he's telling the whole tale with his arms crossed over the back of a turned-around chair and a toothpick dangling from the corner of his mouth. And for a story about a kid rising from a large Italian family in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf to wealth and fame as a superstar for the New York Yankees, the style fits perfectly. Cramer (What It Takes) balances the Hall of Fame outfielder's well-documented highlights--his 10 World Series titles in 13 major-league seasons, astounding 56-game hitting streak and marriage to Marilyn Monroe--with attributes the public never saw: seedy connections, loose morals and a tight fist. Cramer has ably taken his controversial text and pared it down to provide a strong audio performance that will keep his audience engaged right up until closing time. Simultaneous release with Simon & Schuster hardcover (Forecasts, Oct. 16, 2000). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Cramer does a very creditable job of exploring DiMaggio's life in and out of major league baseball; he's also an excellent reader. We follow "Joltin" Joe from his teens in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood to his death from lung cancer in 1999. This is a story of how Joe the businessman parlayed his athletic talent, baseball success, and name into a personal fortune over nearly 40 years in the public eye. That he still managed to become a baseball hero seems almost coincidental to his single-minded pursuit of cashing in on his skills. Cramer gives especially fine descriptions of DiMaggio's relationships with his first wife, Dorothy, with Marilyn Monroe, and with his son, Joe Jr., each a disaster of major and lasting importance. Adult language and situations occur; highly recommended, but not for fans younger than the later teens. Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.