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About the Author

Peter Golenbock is the author of many bestselling books, including Dynasty, The Bronx Zoo, Number 1, Balls, and Personal Fouls.

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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Sports Classics
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; First Edition edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809223945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809223947
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,341,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Miller VINE VOICE on March 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm a Mets fan who grew up in a household that cheered for the Other Team, and before I was ten years old, I had memorized the starting lineup of the 1961 Yankees. Reading the definitive work on the most successful championship run in baseball history (9 World Series titles and 14 American League pennants in 16 years) did not cause me to break out in hives. Besides which, I read "Dynasty" simply as preparation for the author's forthcoming book on the Amazin's.
Lawyer-turned-baseball-writer Golenbock is celebrated for his oral histories of, among other teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. He's also written some less-than-memorable books, but "Dynasty" was his first, a deeply-researched labor of love which brings us the highlights of the 16 years when the Bronx Bombers humiliated the rest of the baseball world and shattered nearly every record in the book. Golenbock, writing in the mid-1970s, travelled all over the country to meet the players and reconstruct a bygone era. This project, then, did two things: it produced a worthy, important book; and allowed him to avoid watching the less stellar team of the day, then playing in Shea Stadium with the likes of Elliot Maddox, Fritz Peterson, and Fred Stanley.
Each chapter in the book treats a single year in the dynasty. The "story" of that season -- from the inevitable 9-22 record in spring training through the inevitable World Series victory over the Dodgers -- is interrupted for lengthy biographies of 3 or 4 of the pivotal players on that year's club. Golenbock catches up with everyone, from Mantle and Ford to Bob Grim, Tom Sturdivant, and Ryne Duren.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By greg walker on August 8, 2000
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I rarely rate a book a solid 5 stars, but this book is simply superb. Excellent research, lots of good stories, and well written. Plus, about every 10 pages I would have a good laugh because of some hilarious story that I had never heard before. I'm not even a Yankee fan really (loyal Red Sox fan) but I read a lot of sports books and this one goes down as one of my favorites.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R.J. on June 4, 2001
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Dynasty is Golenbock's finest baseball book, and he has written many, especially in this format. (See Wrigley, Fenway etc.) What makes this book special is that it profiles in a year-by-year format the greatest era of the New York Yankees, alternating between detailing each season and also profiling many of the greats (and not so greats). This book is still fresh, but was written when Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were still alive, so he was able to interview both. Also, many lesser lights are profiled, from Tom Sturdivant to Clete Boyer to Andy Carey. The whole setting revolves around the grandeur of Yankee Stadium, the presence of Casey Stengel, and baseball dominance which might never be seen again. I didn't find the book to be totally perfect, but it is still one of the better baseball books. For some reason I enjoy his section on the 1958 World Series the best; the Yankees were down 3 games to 1 and had to deal with the hostility of the Milwaukee crowd, and they managed to come back in style and win the World Series again. There are many exciting moments in this book, you can just see the shadow across the field on a late afternoon in October.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mcgivern Owen L on September 19, 2001
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"Dynasty" is a solid, linear, year by year (one year=one chapter) account of the great post World War 2 New York Yankees baseball teams. It does not, to its credit, lose itself in game by game recapping. It is far stronger, in this reviewer's opinion, than Roger Kahn's "The Boys of Summer", which dealt with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the same era. Kahn frequently intruded into the story, with personal opinions and observations. Golenbock, to his further credit, writes as a good unbiased reporter, rarely encroaching into the text. The author is an excellent interviewer who was quite able to gather the cooperation of his subjects. Unlike Mr. Kahn, he never covered the Yankees daily for a newspaper but this detracts in no way from the story. The players shine through very clearly, thanks in large measure to the solid interviews. Golenbock does not concentrate on the big stars, as did Roger Kahn. He instead draws in men like Ryne Duren, Johnny Blanchard, Joe Pepitone, Ralph Terry, Tom Sturdivant and Bob Grim, So many of these guys, we now remember, had such a brief time in the sun before fate or injuries ended their careers or reduced them to mediocrity. Did Mr. Kahn interview Rube Walker, Erv Palica or Bobby Morgan? Thanks to poignant talks with Terry, Blanchard and Clete Boyer we are treated to an inside look at the front office politics/ backstabbing that led to Ralph Houk "ascending" to the General Managers chair, being rapidly succeeded by Yogi Berra, Johnny Keane and Houk himself again! Very little mud is thrown around, with the exception of Houk. Here is a "nice guy" exposed as a smoke blowing scoundrel, who made guys like Tommy Tresh play hurt.I never did like the Major, war hero or not. Now I know why.Read more ›
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