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Comment: Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964. Book Club Edition (stated "First Edition" on copyright page, with book club code F33 on page 185). Hardcover. 185 pp. Very good, in a very good price clipped jacket. One small bump at top front board edge, with faint sunning to spine. Jacket lightly edge-worn, age-toned. Clean, unmarked text.
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The Quality of Courage Hardcover – January 1, 1964


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (January 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385022883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385022880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Something of a publishing stunt when it first appeared in the mid-1960s, The Quality of Courage was conceived as a baseball-steeped companion to JFK's bestselling compendium of political valor, Profiles in Courage. The literary equivalent of primitive art, this slight collection--written under the careful direction of ghostwriter Creamer, one of the best sportswriters of the era--scored as a surprisingly compelling read in its own right. Like Kennedy, Mantle was, in the nation's eyes, a certified hero who played valiantly through pain. Using Profiles as a model, Mantle and Creamer compiled a series of personal sketches of teammates and opponents who continued to take the field and play their best despite personal adversity. "The people I most respected in my life were people who had courage," Mick tell us, and "the stories I liked best were about courage."

Reading more like conversational monologues than a written text--Creamer's marvelous achievement is in letting Mick's voice come through as familiar rather than some chiseled artifice. Mantle's observations on such ballplayers as Whitey Ford, Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Roger Maris, Roy Campanella, Ted Williams, and Jimmy Piersall are really quite charming in the way they reveal his homespun attitudes, opinions, and the qualities he respected. From these pages, it's sadly apparent that Mantle had an easier time drawing strength and inspiration from others than he did carrying the weight of inspiring a generation on his own broad, brawny back. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Though winter still rages, it's never too early to start thinking about baseball. In this 1964 memoir, the great Mantle talks about his own life in the game as well as his relationship with many of the other star players of his day.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
I got this book as a present when I was 7 years old (1968). It has been one of my favorite books ever since. Each vignette teaches a lesson in courage. From the story of the little boy who is courageous at his first haircut to Jackie Robinson's first year in the big leagues. I have been trying to locate this for my nephew and my son. It has been out of print since 1970. I was truly excited to see that it was being reprinted. Many more people will now have the opportunity to read about courageous individuals and how they can apply these principals to their lives
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave Ennocenti (dennocenti@aol.com on February 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was ten years old. It was the most influential book I've ever read. I did not know it was re-issued. I would highly recommended it to children. I can't imagine a better book for children; it's useful for adults, too.
The book brings out examples of what Mickey Mantle said he respected more than any other thing: courage. In fact, just days before his death, brought on by alcohol abuse, he said to the nation: "If you want a role model here's one - don't be like me, play like me, but don't be like me." Sports and media personnel, including sports people who knew Mantle, expressed how surprised and amazed they were by the couragious example he showed when faced with death. It was no surprise to me, it was right out of this book. In fact, on the first page he quotes Shakespeare: "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once."
Mantle gives examples of everyday acts of courage that you may never have thought of. It causes the reader to look at life in a more pro-active way. If you were to read only one book on courage, this should be it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is such a great read with fantastic stories about courageous people.It can be used as a motivational,self-help book if you're looking for what it takes to have guts in today's wimpy society.This book hits a home run with all ages. It should be promoted more.
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