Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer
The Hero's Life

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Joe DiMaggio was, at every turn, one man we could look at who made us feel good.

In the hard-knuckled thirties, he was the immigrant boy who made it big—and spurred the New York Yankees to a new era of dynasty. He was Broadway Joe, the icon of elegance, the man who wooed and won Marilyn Monroe—the most beautiful girl America could dream up.

Joe DiMaggio was a mirror of our best self. And he was also the loneliest hero we ever had.

In this groundbreaking biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer presents a shocking portrait of a complicated, enigmatic life. The story that DiMaggio never wanted told, tells of his grace—and greed; his dignity, pride—and hidden shame. It is a story that sweeps through the twentieth century, bringing to light not just America's national game, but the birth (and the price) of modern national celebrity.
 

About Richard Ben Cramer

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Richard Ben Cramer (1950-2013) won the Pulitzer Prize for Middle East reporting in 1979. His journalism has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of How Israel Lost: The Four Questions and the classic of modern American politics What It Takes: The Way to the White House.
 
Published January 22, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 562 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This latest in the publisher’s Icons of America series is, perhaps, best understood as a response to Richard Ben Cramer’s Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life (2000), a critical biography that, while acknowledging DiMaggio’s preternatural gifts as a ballplayer, exposed the Yankee Clipper as an off-the-f...

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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 ab

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Other than the Yale imprints — Charyn’s biography is part of the “Icons of America” series, and Kurlansky’s belongs to the “Jewish Lives” series — the only true ­nexus between these books arrives on Page 112 of “Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One.” Kurlansky notes that Greenberg’s...

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Publishers Weekly

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(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...

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Book Reporter

But JOE DIMAGGIO: The Hero's Life, this long-anticipated biography of the Yankee Clipper, could not, would not have been written 30 years ago.

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It was often said of Joe DiMaggio that the reason he played so hard on the baseball field—even when his knees were blown out, his feet were...

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Entertainment Weekly

A few years ago, an assistant in the New York Yankees public relations department hung up the phone and blurted out: ''I just talked to Joe DiMaggio!

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London Review of Books

In the closing stages of Richard Ben Cramer’s biography of Joe DiMaggio there is an exchange between the baseball legend and a man called Cappy Harada for whom DiMaggio had done a bit of business.

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