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"Just when it seemed as if all the great baseball subjects had been done, Howard Bryant checks in with this biography of Henry Aaron…Bryant is a great writer for a great subject…Mr. Aaron's story is the epic baseball tale of the second half of the 20th century."
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Beautifully written and culturally important…tells the Aaron story with gusto and a ferocious sweep.”
—The Washington Post

"Brawny…The Last Hero had the forceful sweep of a well-struck essay as much as that of a first-rate biography."
—The New York Times

"A must read for baseball fans of every generation."
—Booklist

"One of Howard Bryant’s mentors, the late David Halberstam, encouraged him to ‘bring those great Henry Aaron wrists to life,’ and he has done that and more with this marvelous book. Wrists, legs, heart, brain—here is the full picture of a great man and ballplayer who finally gets his due."
—David Maraniss, author of Clemente

"An eye-opening biography of the Braves’ outfielder, the real home-run king…Baseball’s tainted steroid era has, if anything, bestowed an even brighter shine to Aaron’s on-field achievements, but Bryant makes clear that this slugger’s story was always about more than merely overcoming blazing fastballs. Plenty of baseball for the fan, but even more insight into why Aaron matters beyond the game."
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"I loved baseball books as a child. This is a baseball book for adults, the story of a gifted, complex man and his struggles in our complex country. This is a fascinating and at times a troubling book, which revivified the lovely old game for me."
–Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains

"We already know Henry Aaron as one of the greatest players in ...

From Publishers Weekly

This biography of the African-American baseball great doesn't amount to the epic it wants to be. ESPN reporter Bryant (Juicing the Game) portrays Aaron's journey from Jim Crow Alabama to superstardom with the Milwaukee, then Atlanta Braves during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s as both a sports saga and a struggle against racism. (The Braves' spring training facilities stayed segregated into the 1960s, and Aaron's 1974 breaking of Babe Ruth's home run record was marred by racist death threats.) But while the author takes very seriously the sports commentator's traditional task of investing trivia with near-biblical portentousness—And thus it came to pass that Henry Aaron became the first black majority owner of the first BMW franchise in the country—he never quite succeeds at establishing Aaron's heroic stature. The slugger comes off as a superlatively skillful but unspectacular player whose civil rights activism is cautious and muted (though more outspoken later when he became a Braves executive). Throughout, he's a wary, reticent man given to rancor over slights, and the narrative can't help wandering toward more charismatic figures like Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson. Mightily as he swings, Bryant fails to knock Aaron's story out of the park. Photos. (May 11)
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5.0 out of 5 stars After reading this book Hank Aaron is probbaly the best baseball player that ever lived (based on his all ...
Reviewed in Canada on September 12, 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball integration after 1947 . Jackie Robinson got it started but there is along way to go!,,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Henry Aaron records stand with out the assistance of drugs
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