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George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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From the Inside Flap
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.
From the Back Cover
—Robert Lipsyte, author, Heroes of Baseball
"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
Top Customer Reviews
*A few shameful examples*
The author says George spent six weeks in basic training at Lackland Air Force base in Houston.
INCORRECT: Lackland AFB is in San Antonio. I know I served there.
The author states that "Hopalong" Cassady of Ohio State won the Heisman Trophy TWICE, in 1954 and 1955.
INCORRECT: He did NOT win the Heisman in 1954, only 1955.
The author states that a trade made that included Roger Maris and Hoyt Wilhelm resulted in both of them making the Hall Of Fame.
INCORRECT: Roger Maris is NOT in the Hall Of Fame.
The author states that Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees for $100,000.Read more ›
It's a shame since he did such good work years ago, books that I still own such as Balls and Bronx Zoo.
I remember hearing of a fictionalized book he wrote recently regarding Mantle, and some of the crap in that book was trash.
This George book just adds the list of poor work he has done recently and especially in an age where folks can verify info via the internet, he goes ahead and releases a book full of errors, errors that any baseball fan could pick up on. Makes you question the whole damn book.
All in all this is a great waste and if I were the author or publisher would withdraw it to finish it properly.
There is a large part of the Book where Mr. Golenbock seems to be more venting about his problems with George than keeping to information about George. It vaguely reminded me of Selenea Roberts tone at times about A-Rod in her book. This bothered me, but not enough to stop reading.
After reading this book (I have not read the more recent book about George) I had a better feel about who he was. The book goes over good detail, detail I left out as to not spoil it or bore you. I would probably recommend the other book (Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball), it did get an overall better rating. If you do not like the newer one, this one does have adequate information well put together, until it gets bogged down by Peter trying to portray George more poorly than he already is viewed.
today is now worth more than a billion dollars . . . he also helped build the team to a point
where it won ten pennants and six World Series.
Yet along the way, he constantly berated his players, tortured his managers
and employees and was twice suspended from baseball for actions that
nearly landed him in jail . . . all this and much more is covered in GEORGE,
Peter Gollenbock's engaging biography of the guy well-known by his
nickname of "The Boss."
Steinbrenner's father was a successful business owner, but he
was anything easy on young George:
* You could run three races in one day and get two firsts and a second,
and the only thing he wanted to talk about was, How did you get beat?
What did you do wrong? One lesson he taught me that stayed with me
more than anything is that you can learn more from your mistakes than
you can from successes.
I enjoyed reading about his childhood, as well as about his initial
foray into sports ownership with a basketball team called the
* George's philosophy was "What's the point of playing unless you want
to win?" And I think that's commendable. That's why they won the
championship. He pushed them. He wanted to win even though we
weren't making any money, because he figured if we had a championship
team, why, we'd draw fans. He didn't have the money he needed, and he
still went out and got the players. The only thing was, we didn't draw fans.
In a way he was way ahead of his time. He was on the right track, wanted
to raise money, but not with that crew.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's easy to guess that Peter Golenbock couldn't wait to start writing "George" back in 2009. Read morePublished 19 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 on August 23, 2013 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
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
Great book......really am enjoying reading how Mr. Steinbrenner took over the Yankee organization and made them world champions again!Published on April 7, 2010 by M. Verlangieri