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The Classic Mantle Hardcover – October 15, 2012

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About the Author

Buzz Bissinger is the author of Friday Night Lights, Three Nights in August, A Prayer for the City, and Father’s Day. In 1987 he won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting while at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and lives in Philadelphia. Marvin E. Newman’s work has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. He has authored or coauthored eight books on photography and contributed to Abrams’ Yankee Colors: The Glory Years of the Mantle Era. He lives in New Jersey

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799863
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this book was significantly too short and lacked quite a bit in detail about Mantle. Although, the pictures in the book were well done, interesting,and plentiful. Considering that this book concerned itself with one of the most outstanding baseball players of all time it was missing in details, facts, and feeling.

In summary, I found the book to be a disappointing one written about my favorite baseball player of all-time.
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The worst baseball decision I ever made, I made early. It was the summer of 1972, I was six, and I thought it a fine idea to take some of my older brothers' best baseball cards and tape or glue them into my self-styled "scrapbook." My brother would agree.

I didn't quite understand the premise of scrapbooks, but I knew mine was going to include some great baseball cards. Included among the victims was a 1966 Mickey Mantle. 1966 was late in the career of Mantle - he retired after the 1968 season - but with the baseball card hyperinflation of the 1990's all things Mantle took on significant value. Think Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, and you'll get some feel for how his cards are viewed in the collecting community.

One of my better baseball decisions in recent years thankfully also included Mantle. I picked up a copy of The Classic Mantle by Buzz Bissinger & Marvin E. Newman. Bissinger contributes the text and Newman's adds a collection of his nearly-perfect vintage photographs of Mantle from his playing days and just after.

The photographs are stunning and describing that at length would do little to convey the notion. Newman, now 87, contributed to many publications during his career, including Sports Illustrated, Life, Newsweek, Look and Smithsonian. He attended Brooklyn College at the age of 16 to study photography and took his lessons well.

Bissinger words are just as compelling. He writes concisely - The Classic Mantle is a 144-page affair with 50 of Newman's photos - and somehow manages to be sentimentally detached. There are no efforts to smooth over Mantle's duel vices of alcoholism and infidelity, but there is a needed conveyance of Mantle's often pervading self-disdain that clearly contributed to them.
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Not great insight into the man that Mantle was. A fan writing about his fave player....Needs more historical info thanks
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The man, the legend, the triple crown slugger, belonging to baseball's dynasty team the New York Yankees. And just a young country podunk from a small Oklahoma mining town. A complete look at his life both on and off the field. The victories, the struggles, the agony, and the sorrow. This book has it all about a great baseball legend.
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The pictures were great but there could have been more in ther story line. As short as this book was there were more pictures than tell us about the man. If your atre a Mantle fan this is a good book to own.
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Pathetic drivel to cash in on a recognizable name. Mislabeling of
pictures makes me wonder if he knows anything about Yankees or baseball.
FYI Mr. Bissinger , the 1960 World Series was not played in Pittsburg's
Heinz Field. Believe this author read Leavy's book on Mantle and paraphrased
a small portion into this 1 hour read. After falling for this purchase I
felt like Constanza did on the bathroom book.
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The book was interesting. Had lots of good pictures. Wish there was more of a story to it. Nut I enjoyed it.
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A lot of the same stuff about Mickey that I have read before but it was still enjoyable. Mickey was a great ballplayer who could have and should have been even greater than he was.
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