- Series: Contemporary Sports Classics
- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Contemporary Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809223945
- ISBN-13: 978-0809223947
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dynasty : The New York Yankees 1949-1964 Paperback – May 1, 2000
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About the Author
Peter Golenbock is the author of many bestselling books, including Dynasty, The Bronx Zoo, Number 1, Balls, and Personal Fouls.
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The author is an excellent interviewer who was quite able to gather the cooperation of his subjects. Unlike Mr. Kahn, he never covered the Yankees daily for a newspaper but this detracts in no way from the story. The players shine through very clearly, thanks in large measure to the solid interviews. Golenbock does not concentrate on the big stars, as did Roger Kahn. He instead draws in men like Ryne Duren, Johnny Blanchard, Joe Pepitone, Ralph Terry, Tom Sturdivant and Bob Grim, So many of these guys, we now remember, had such a brief time in the sun before fate or injuries ended their careers or reduced them to mediocrity. Did Mr. Kahn interview Rube Walker, Erv Palica or Bobby Morgan? Thanks to poignant talks with Terry, Blanchard and Clete Boyer we are treated to an inside look at the front office politics/ backstabbing that led to Ralph Houk "ascending" to the General Managers chair, being rapidly succeeded by Yogi Berra, Johnny Keane and Houk himself again! Very little mud is thrown around, with the exception of Houk. Here is a "nice guy" exposed as a smoke blowing scoundrel, who made guys like Tommy Tresh and Roger Maris play hurt. I never did like the Major, war hero or not. Now I know why. The office politics behind the dismissals of veteran broadcasters Mel Allen and Red Barber are also covered. Golenbock throws in an eye opening recounting of the team's "goodwill" trip to Japan after the '55 series. That little jaunt produced some serious long term shifts on the club.
There are few "Ball Four" revelations in "Dynasty" and there is no need for such. This book can stand on its own two feet! There are perpetual, if minor, weaknesses. 1)"Dynasty", as do so many publications, cries out for an editor and fact checker. I attended or watched on several of the games retold here and have a VASTLY differing recollection of events i.e.: that crucial September '61 doubleheader (!) showdown with the Tigers and Frank Howard's 450 foot ground rule (!) double off Whitey Ford in Game 1 of the '63 series. That one was right under my nose! Was the author there? Also, the Dodgers' Billy Loes really DID lose a ground ball in the sun during the '52 World Series. 2) Contradictions are found often: How many years can Andy Carey be a rookie? 3) Some non-baseball facts (a Roger Kahn specialty) are "misaligned". Country singer Charley Pride is confused with Charley Rich (!), and two Vietnam War timelines (Kahn again) are flatly incorrect. For the record, the two Tonkin Gulf destroyers were the Maddox and C. Turner Joy. Finally, a wimpy two page epilogue tries to "connect the dots" from the post WW2 "DYNASTY" to the Steinbrenner "dynasty". Such comparisons are unfair and derogatory to both. These rants are enough to subtract a star to the rating above. This should not detract from the big picture, since "Dynasty" is so broad in scope. These criticisms do not detract from 654 solid pages of research, interviewing and writing. "Dynasty" belongs on the bookshelf of any serious New York baseball fan. Any fan of a "certain age" is absolutely cheating him/herself by not reading it.
The author gives several page mini-bios of the Yankee stars of the era. He seems to have interviewed 90% of them. What different attitudes.
Suspect this book is not for everyone but for those of us who grew up Yankee fans in and around NYC during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations it's a book you don't want to end.
I got this for a friend who had read it in the 70s. Book itself was is good shape and shipping was good. It did NOT include the dust cover. Now it did not say it did but it also did not mention that it did not.