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Joe DiMaggio : the hero's life
Cramer, Richard Ben.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000.
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xi, 546 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

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

Publisher's Weekly Review

Much of the lowdown here about the ultimate American icon is controversial, but the extent to which it startles or shocks will depend on the reader's knowledge of DiMaggio (1914-1999), since rumors about him have been prevalent for years. Cramer's allegations are many. He documents how DiMaggio beat up Marilyn Monroe on at least three occasions, the most prominent time being the evening that Monroe filmed the famous scene with her dress flying up over her waist as she stands on a New York City subway grate in The Seven Year Itch. After Monroe's divorce from Arthur Miller, she and Joe had a rapprochement, and DiMaggio planned to remarry her on August 8, 1962Dwhich turned out to be the day of Monroe's funeral. Concerning the Mob, Pulitzer Prize-winner Cramer alleges that DiMaggio knew Albert Anastasia, Sam Giancana and Frank Costello. However, although DiMaggio accepted many gifts from them, it was the mobsters who courted DiMaggio, because of his stardomDas they also pursued SinatraDand not the other way around. (At one point, DiMaggio received a trust account at the Bowery Bank set up by Frank Costello that eventually netted DiMaggio over $1 million.) Morris Engelberg is now in the news almost daily and has made a second career for himself as the self-anointed longtime "friend" and trusted "confidant" of DiMaggio. Cramer alleges that Engelberg hijacked many of the products that DiMaggio autographedDworth well over seven figures. Cramer also focuses on what he says were Engelberg's efforts to ease DiMaggio out of this life with the help of morphine suppositories. The author of What It Takes, the epic history of the 1988 presidential race, has written a biography that will have people talking. (Oct. 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This bio from a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist promises to deliver some shockers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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