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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig Paperback – April 3, 2006
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"Luckiest Man is a first-class biography, thoroughly researched and nimbly written....If Gehrig's 'luckiest man' speech offered fans a glimpse into his character, Eig's Luckiest Man pushes the door wide open."
-- Bill Syken, Sports Illustrated
"A wonderful book."
-- Cal Ripken Jr.
"Luckiest Man is now the definitive life of Gehrig."
-- Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times
"Luckiest Man stands in the first rank of sports biographies."
-- Kevin Baker, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Jonathan Eig is a former senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Visit him at JonathanEig.com.
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The included photos don't display on the Kindle as well as a reader would like, as you already know.
I highly recommend this book. I've read several biographies of Gehrig which don't do much more than recite his baseball career.
Did you know that there is actually no recording of Lou's final farewell speech? But the author was able to painstakingly piece together what Lou actually said by reviewing what the dozens of reporters wrote afterwards. The stadium, including the press box, was dead silent as Lou spoke. No one thought to record the speech.
Nicholas R.W. Henning – Australian Baseball Author
This is such a well written book that I felt as though it were the story of a dear friend and his death. I cared about him in a way I didn't expect. For example. during the time before he got married, when, according to the author, Gehrig wanted to meet women but was so shy he couldn't get up the nerve to talk to them, I wanted to grab him and introduce him to my single friends. I liked Lou a lot.
I've always felt put off by Babe Ruth, he was just too drunk, too much of a womanizer, too much of a glutton for me to care much about him. But in this book, I even started to see the caring side of Ruth and actually ended up liking him a bit. A totally unexpected result of reading this book.
Some reviewers seem to feel that there is too much about ALS and not enough about baseball. I would have liked more about ALS and less play-by-play, but that's a hard call to make and I think the author did a good job keeping a middle course.
I am not giving this 5 stars because of the formatting errors/typos on the Kindle edition. In many places a long quote starts correctly indented than becomes unindented making you have to really work at figuring out what is a quote and what isn't. Towards the end I was so moved that I was crying, then i'd hit one of these "is this a quote or what" places and get annoyed. Maybe that was good because it stopped my crying, but ...