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on July 27, 2010
What I really like about this book is that it defines Steinbrenner through his own quotes over the years. As a long time Yankees fan, there were many that I had forgotten and was happy to see again and there were some that I hadn't even heard of. The quotes from the people who knew him after his passing were very touching, and a lot of them showed that he had indeed reconciled with many of his past enemies, including Dave Winfield, Yogi Berra, and Don Mattingly. There a few quotes from Darryl Strawberry that let me know how much Steinbrenner actually helped out some of his players--I had no idea he had helped out Strawberry that much.
Now the book isn't all roses though. It does cover some Steinbrenner's more brash quotes too, including the infamous "Mr. May" remarks he had against Dave Winfield. It also discusses his first suspension from baseball and the second which was supposed to be a lifetime ban. There are also quotes from people when they were fighting with Steinbrenner that are not complementary, but they do tell the whole story and not just the good stuff.
A few nice surprises were the coverage of Steinbrenner on Seinfeld and the Simpsons episode that foretold the war between Steinbrenner and Mattingly's hair. The Seinfeld stuff was interesting because it included quotes on what Steinbrenner thought of the Steinbrenner character on the show. The Simpsons thing was interesting because the script was written before the actual real life battle took place over Mattingly's haircut.
All in all, it presents what Steinbrenner thought on a lot of topics, and it tells you what people thought of him. It allows you to make up your own mind about the man. I liked that. There are already books out there that'll tell you how bad Steinbrenner was, and I'm sure there are a lot coming out soon that'll tell you how wonderful he was. It was nice to get a book that lets you make up your own mind by giving you first hand accounts of his life.