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Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred Year Rivalry Between the Yankees and Red Sox, From the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse Paperback – May 9, 2006
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of history and the present is well done and kept me interested throughout. Recommended for fans of either team. Entertaining and informative.
The main negatives I saw in the book were a slightly overdramatic prose style (he uses a lot more words than necessary, and certainly tends to overstate things) and some factual errors (for example: he states the Pedro threatened to hit Posada in the head during Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, which was an inaccuracy stated by Tim McCarver on the air but later proven inaccurate). Still, for any fan of either side of the rivalry, even those who have been around a while, I recommend this book.
For example, most takes of this rivalry include a focus on the Red Sox being "cursed" and the Yankees winning all their titles in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This book, though, only touches on the games actually played between the two warring clubs (e.g. I don't believe Bill Buckner is discussed at all in the text, besides in a passing reference). Whether it is the beginning of the rivalry in 1904 (with the New York Highlanders playing the Boston Beaneaters), the heated games of the late 1940s and mid-70s, or the jump-start in 2003-2004, Vaccaro's ability to keep his focus on just the two teams led to the unearthing of some information that was new to me (or at least I hadn't remembered in a very long time).
Of course, "Emperors and Idiots" spends the requisite time focusing on the '03 and '04 seasons and playoffs, which is a topic that can be read over and over by baseball fans and never really get old or stale. Sure, there is some talk of "ghosts" and "curses" and such things, but they play second-fiddle to what the book really tries to do: Try to understand the New York/Boston rivalry from the perspective of the fans, the front offices, and the players.
Until reading this book, the co-authored text "Faithful" (Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan) was what I considered to be the authority on this subject...but that really only told the story from the die-hard Sox fan's perspective. This book gives equal time to each side in its quest to try and understand why the rivalry is perhaps the greatest in the history of sports.
the story of the 100 year Yankee-Red Sox rivalry . . . it emphasized
the very exciting races in both 2003 and 2004, while also interspersing
tales from 1904, 1919, 1941, 1946, 1949, 1977, and 1978 . . . and
that leads to my only criticism of the book; i.e., it was a bit
choppy . . . personally, I would have preferred a more linear approach.
Yet I quibble . . . what a thrill to relive many of the seasons that I
personally followed . . . (NOT the ones prior to 1977!) . . . and even
then, I enjoyed hearing about DiMaggio and Williams, and the fact
that they almost got traded for each other . . . also, it was fun
getting to again hear names from my not-so-distant past, including
Mantle, Maris, Fisk, Yastremski, Pinella, Munson, Jackson and taking me
through the present era of Martinez, Jeter, Damon, and Rivera.
The CD version had an added bonus: interviews with Bill "Spaceman"
Lee and Yogi Berra, two players who had actually experienced the
rivalry . . . to quote Berra, "You really have to go through it to
know what it was like to go through it."
This book gave me a feel for just that . . . fans of either team--or
sports, in general--will like EMPERORS AND IDIOTS.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Red Sox and the Yankees. The Rivalry. 100 years of baseball animosity. This book covers it all. From the early years when the Sox clearly had the upper hand. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Section36
After years of my husband swearing off of reading, I finally got him to turn a page again by giving this book as a gift. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Josey Wales
Rented this on CD as a part of a long road trip. While giving SOME new insight, this is more like a summary of boxscores turned into a book. Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by Bryan Geruntho
Took almost 4 weeks to receive these two books that I ordered. Missed being able to give one as a birthday gift, due to the lateness.Published on August 29, 2009 by K. Fowler
A must read for diehard followers of The Rivalry--Yankees vs. Red Sox. An entertaining compilation of the observations and emotions from the point-of-view of various fans on both... Read morePublished on April 3, 2008 by Joseph Gregorio
Author Vaccaro obviously did a careful demographic study and then sat down with his accountants and decided to cash in on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. Read morePublished on April 15, 2005 by Pumpsie Greenberg