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- Print Length: 640 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (April 30, 2010)
- Publication Date: May 11, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0036S4DQA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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“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."
"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."
"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 ...
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Henry Aaron had established his home in the Milwaukee suburb of Mequon, and didn't relish the move to the south. Author Bryant covers in great detail Aaron's chase towards the hallowed record of Babe Ruth's 714 home runs, his relationship with Willie Mays, and the controversy of Barry Bonds and his eventual breaking of Aaron's record. Aaron preferred to say nothing knowing that a comment against a tainted steroid achievement would appear as sour grapes towards having his record broken while saying anything positive would appear to legitimatize Bonds' record.
We have serious biographies of Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Ted Williams, and now thanks to author Howard Bryant we can add the name of Henry Aaron to the list. If you enjoy baseball books and its glorious history this is another outstanding volume for your library.