In George, New York Times bestselling author Peter Golenbock, who has been writing about the Yankees since before Steinbrenner's first day on the job, tells the stranger-than-fiction story of baseball's biggest bully, worst boss, and most successful owner ever.
Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with those who have known Steinbrenner throughout his life, Golenbock tells the epic story of the "Boss," from his Midwestern childhood and family shipping business background through his thirty-four-year ownership of the Yankees-the longest in the team's history. He reveals the inside stories behind George's stormy relationship with manager Billy Martin, whom he hired five times and fired four, and his decade-long war with Yankee star Dave Winfield, which culminated in Steinbrenner's second banishment from the game. He also reveals how general manager Gene "Stick" Michael saved the Yankees' future by preventing the Boss from trading Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams early in their careers.
If you've ever wondered why Sparky Lyle and Graig Nettles were traded away when both were in top form, what it took to provoke Yogi Berra into declaring that he'd never set foot in Yankee Stadium again, or why the man who fired every manager he ever hired couldn't fire Joe Torre and had to insult him into quitting, you'll find the full stories behind these bizarre decisions and every other off-the-wall episode in Steinbrenner's controversial tenure as Yankee owner.
Complete with accounts of Steinbrenner's involvement in the creation of the Yes Network and the sweetheart deal between the Yankees and New York mayor Rudy Giuliani that enabled the construction of the House that Steinbrenner Built-the new Yankee Stadium-George is packed with drama, insight, and plenty of inside-baseball and front-office details. It should be required reading for every baseball lover and Yankee fan, and for anyone who appreciates an exciting and compelling story well told.
"Loathe him or hate him, he's the most famous owner in the history of professional baseball, the one and only Boss. Now, finally, from a writer who knows the Yankees inside-out, is a complete, rip-roaring portrait of the man behind the turtlenecks, tantrums, sky-scraping payroll and championship rings."
—Jonathan Mahler, author, The Bronx is Burning
"No one is better equipped to delve into George Steinbrenner's improbable, outsized life than Peter Golenbock, the undisputed king of baseball books. His latest is compulsively readable and chock-full of revealing anecdotes that are sure to make headlines. A fascinating account of a complex man who is both infuriating bully and beloved icon."
—Jane Heller, author of Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the New York Yankees
It's easy to guess that Peter Golenbock couldn't wait to start writing "George" back in 2009. Read morePublished 5 months ago by WDX2BB
Peter Golenbock has written one of the best books on George Steinbrenner. He tells it like it is, warts and all.Published 21 months ago by Richard Assad
This book was very good. it is the first authentoc biography on the legendary Yankees owner. I enjoyed reading it very much and learned a lot more about Steinbrenner. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Brooklyn Joe
This book has a great amount of information about Mr. Steinbrenner. The book talks about his upbringing, college and post-college life, business endeavors and how he became who he... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Greg
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only for its content, but for the author's smooth style of writing. The book flowed seamlessly from detail to detail. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Paul Ransom
This is a good book on Steinbrenner. It covers his bad side and also many of his good points. It has balance in that way. Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by Pinstripes Forever
A must read to understand the difficult upbringing that scarred Steinbrenner for life. Golenbock produced an excellent character study that gives great insight into a complex and... Read morePublished on July 15, 2010 by Scott K Wagman