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Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask Hardcover – Illustrated, April 14, 2020
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"Now, when the baseball season would normally be in its early days, Jon Pessah's biography Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask arrives to help fill the void. It's a book that covers the funny quotes and the exceptional career, but also the complicated and sensitive person often obscured by the image."―John Williams, New York Times
"Pessah provides a gripping account of the Yankees' postwar dynasty, but he also generates excitement for Berra's stint with the Mets, most notably the 1973 Amazin's. Where he excels is in probing the relationships in Berra's baseball career... The book also expertly situates Berra's life in historical context. Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask lives up to a Herculean task, offering a fresh look at a player ubiquitous in American culture. It will fit nicely on any Yankees fan's bookshelf."―Pinstripe Alley/SB Nation
"The funny anecdotes and exciting play-by-play from baseball's golden age will keep Berra's legions of fans happy."
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- Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
- Hardcover : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316310999
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316310994
- Dimensions : 6.55 x 2.15 x 9.65 inches
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; Illustrated edition (April 14, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Second are style inconsistencies. In one paragraph, he writes "seven-game" and "5-game."
Third, although there is a lengthy bibliography, there are no individual source citations. That leads to statements like this in an account of the Yankees' trip to Japan.
"Yogi can feel a lump forming in his throat and tears rolling down his cheeks. Every Yankee and Japanese player feels the same way."
"Yogi is no longer thinking about Sandy Amoros every minute of every day."
If the author did not talk to Yogi, and I don't think that he did, how does he know what Yogi and other players were thinking?
In other words, it is a sloppily done book that could have used much, much editing. Yogi deserves much better.
Then there is the vocabulary and sentence structure. The book is written on about a fifth grade reading level.
I did complete the book, though there were times when I either muttered to myself about sentence structure or tense changes or burst out laughing at some of the more outrageously poorly written sentences.
BUT as a person who grew up in the '50's worshipping the Yankees and is an idiot savant regarding baseball from around '49-61, the book does convey some interesting facts that I didn't know. There are several stories that I had not heard or read about before. I did finish the book. Perhaps Mr. Pessah's objective was to write a book on the reading level of that of Mr. Berra. He does make it clear that Yogi did not receive much of an education growing up and really wasn't interested in an education because he wanted to be a major league player. He became one. Mr. Pessah also does a very good job of making sure that the reader realizes that Yogi's public persona was primarily myth, though uneducated, Mr. Berra was very smart. In summary, the book conveys a lot of facts, but it is not very well written and the proof editor missed way too many mistakes, still I read it.