The Last Boy by Jane Leavy
Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

76%

13 Critic Reviews

Another biography of the late Yankee slugger—but this candid, compassionate portrait is worth a dugout full of the others...The best of the Mantle biographies.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Award-winning sports writer Jane Leavy follows her New York Times runaway bestseller Sandy Koufax with the definitive biography of baseball icon Mickey Mantle. The legendary Hall-of-Fame outfielder was a national hero during his record-setting career with the New York Yankees, but public revelations of alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife badly tarnished the ballplayer's reputation in his latter years. In The Last Boy, Leavy plumbs the depths of the complex athlete, using copious first-hand research as well as her own memories, to show why The Mick remains the most beloved and misunderstood Yankee slugger of all time.

 

About Jane Leavy

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Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of Sandy Koufax and the comic novel Squeeze Play, called “the best novel ever written about baseball” by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 493 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Last Boy
All: 13 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 02 2010

Another biography of the late Yankee slugger—but this candid, compassionate portrait is worth a dugout full of the others...The best of the Mantle biographies.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by KEITH OLBERMANN on Oct 15 2010

It is hard fact, reported by someone greatly skilled at that craft, assembled into an atypical biography by someone equally skilled at doing that, and presented so that the reader and not the author draws nearly all the ­conclusions.

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WSJ online

Above average
on Oct 12 2010

Mantle's better qualities—displayed in both athletic skill and what used to be called "class" on the playing field..."Last boy"? In some ways, Mickey Mantle was "the last man."

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Book Reporter

Below average
on Oct 03 2011

...the reader might wonder about the accuracy of memory, or even the downright fabrication for the sake of building up a personal connection to the Mick.

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Globe and Mail

Good
on Dec 22 2010

...she details the personal life of a man who was a husband and, for most of his life, a father in name only. Yet through it all, she does indeed find "his good heart." If only the Mick had found it, too.

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LA Times

Excellent
on Oct 22 2010

It is a tribute to her persistence, and her talent, that she captured him whole.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Oct 05 2010

... Leavy does little more than recount Mantle's feats on the diamond and recycle the crude off-the-field behavior exposed in Jim Bouton's Ball Four.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
on Jul 02 2011

...“The Last Boy,” which very possibly is the definitive work on Mantle, despite there being more than 20 other books about him.

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Dallas News

Above average
on Oct 24 2010

...she never comes up with a convincing answer about why so many of us still feel attached to Mickey Mantle...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Good
on Oct 12 2010

Leavy gives us Mick, not necessarily as fans have wanted to see him, but still glorious in all his self-destructive, splendid complexity.

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Seamheads.com

Good
on Oct 26 2010

The Last Boy is the work of a brilliant mind, though intellectual rigor is never at odds with the plain-spoken, oakie-dokie, crude and sometimes repugnant reality of the character that Leavy has sought to define.

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Baseball America

Good
on Oct 05 2010

...Leavy wasn't looking to shock anyone with Mantle's exploits. What she hoped to do, and does, was humanize him.

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Sports Book Review Center

Excellent
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Jul 15 2013

It's not an overstatement to say this is one of the best biographies I've read in quite a while. The research is exhaustive, and the picture is multi-sided.

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