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Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
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But the picture painted by Richard Ben Cramer is not pretty to look at. Joltin' Joe was, it appears, a money-grubbing skinflint who expected people to give him everything for free and immediately became suspicious and cut people off as soon as they asked for the smallest thing in return. He cut off his son, who later died of a crank overdose, for not living up to his standards. He lost two wives, including Marilyn Monroe, essentially because he was so controlling and domineering. Although he managed to patch things up with one of his brothers, Dom, he basically died alone under the effective control of a lawyer who was out to get everything he could from the DiMaggio estate.
I didn't doubt this picture as presented by the author, but I felt there must be something missing. Late in his life, he was a very popular social fixture on the New York scene, hanging out with a lot of luminaries such as Woody Allen, Paul Simon and Henry Kissinger, to name a few. I found it hard to reconcile Cramer's picture of DiMaggio as, well, a jerk, with the apparent fact that he was a popular social butterfly late in life.
It seemed to me that he must have had a charming side too, or he wouldn't have been so popular. But there was little suggestion in the book that Joe could be charming. That's why I gave this book four stars instead of five -- that feeling that something must be missing. Still, it's a great book and a great read. Highly recommended for baseball fans.
This book by Richard Ben Cramer answered alot of my questions about Joe Dimaggio, such as why was he so quiet and mysterious and out of the public eye quite a bit. This book may have been criticized because of an unflattering view of Dimaggio, yet it was very honest about the man. Joe Dimaggio had a spectacular baseball career and moved the game forward to a new level that all baseball fans should appreciate, yet he decided to stay away from his admirers and fans, so he could always maintain that mysterious and unapproachable status that few ever encounter in public life.
This book needed to be written because in fact since Dimaggio was so standoffish in life and because he chose to remain in the "shadows" of those who were his fans, that many questions remained about the man. I do not believe his privacy, intimate thoughts and relationships were violated, as pertained by some who have read this. Dimaggio must have known that sooner or later during his lifetime or after his death, that a book that revealed more of his personal side would be written.
This is a very interesting account of his life, his respect but maybe not "love" of the game of baseball, his outstanding playing and work ethic of baseball, his family and personal life and loves, his ultimate love of Marilyn Monroe is revealed with honesty and actual accounts. Cramer didn't have to dig deep into research about Dimaggio, all he had to do is read police reports, talk to friends of Dimaggio who were willing to talk to him, and read other accounts of Dimaggio's life.
I still have great respect and admiration of Joe Dimaggio. I feel sorry for Mr. Dimaggio and the life he chose to live outside the baseball field. His fans truely admired and loved him, yet I believe he truely feared the way he was viewed and thus decided not to reveal himself to much to anyone. I respect that, and I also respect Mr. Cramer's work on Joe Dimaggio.
This book is highly recommended to all Yankee fans and fans of the Great "Joltin" Joe Dimaggio.