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Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life (original: 2000; edição: 2000)

de Richard Ben Cramer (Autor)

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Joe DiMaggio was, at every turn, one man we could look at who made us feel good. In the hard-knuckled thirties, he was the immigrant boy who made it big--and spurred the New York Yankees to a new era of dynasty. He was Broadway Joe, the icon of elegance, the man who wooed and won Marilyn Monroe--the most beautiful girl America could dream up. Joe DiMaggio was a mirror of our best self. And he was also the loneliest hero we ever had. In this groundbreaking biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer presents a shocking portrait of a complicated, enigmatic life. The story that DiMaggio never wanted told, tells of his grace--and greed; his dignity, pride--and hidden shame. It is a story that sweeps through the twentieth century, bringing to light not just America's national game, but the birth (and the price) of modern national celebrity.… (mais)
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Título:Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Autores:Richard Ben Cramer (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2000), Edition: First Edition, 546 pages
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Etiquetas:biography, baseball

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Joe DiMaggio : The Hero's Life de Richard Ben Cramer (2000)

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    ehines: On the basis of these two books, the contrast between Williams and DiMaggio never looked so big.
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Not a very flattering account of the man. I didn't know much about Joe D. before reading the book. No reason to think the author's account is inaccurate, and it makes me wonder why Joe D. was such a jerk. Hard to get through mostly because I really didn't like the person I was reading about. ( )
  Charlie-Ravioli | Jan 18, 2016 |
I am of two minds about this book. It is definitely readable and informative about the contexts in which DiMaggio lived. But, there are some real problems with the new-journalistic liberties Cramer takes. For instance, again and again throughout the book we get interior passages from DiMaggio, who didn't cooperate with Cramer. In fact he was actively hostile, urging his close associates to not speak with Cramer either. So where does this interiority come from?

From Cramer's imagination largely. And that's an imagination that is very, very hostile to Joe DiMaggio. Who on balance *does* seem like a very strange cat. But we seldom get very much insight into him except in the Marilyn Monroe section where Cramer does have indirect access to the thoughts of a DiMaggio intimate (Monroe).

Cramer manages to remind us how interesting the social phenomenon called DiMaggio was. He gets some good answers as to what the DiMaggio myth meant to us. He gets very few as to who the man really was. This far, he has done well given the circumstances. To the extent he pretends to more than this, he really loses credit as a journalist and a biographer.

I highly recommend WIlfrid Sheed's NYT review (linked to on this page) ( )
  ehines | Jun 11, 2013 |
3488. Joe DiMaggio A Hero's Life, by Richard Ben Cramer (read Sept 25, 2001) This is a gossipy, warts and all biography, and since I was always against the Yankees I did not mind at all the depiction of DiMaggio as a thoroughly despicable human being, albeit a fantastic player. The book has no footnotes, and its note on sources basically gives only names, without attributing anything in the book to any specific name. I am not sorry I read the book, but it is not a very worthwhile book. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 22, 2007 |
Reviews by Ron Kaplan appear in January Magazine, Elysian Fields Quarterly and Bookreporter.com ( )
  RonKaplanNJ | Nov 19, 2006 |
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So in ''Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life,'' Cramer is faced with the daunting task of reading the mind of a man totally unlike himself or any of us, and he decides to wade right in, starting his book with a bravura feat of ESP in re DiMaggio's last, dying appearance at Yankee Stadium in 1998, which, it turns out, was chiefly about ''money, mostly money, as it mostly was with Joe. . . . The fact was, DiMaggio was never wistful. (At that moment, he was furious.) And he never spent an instant in his life to marvel at the beauty of anything. Except maybe a broad.'' The fact was? Never? Obviously, clairvoyance is not going to be a problem for this author. But there's also a twin problem of seeing Joe's world exactly as he saw it, and this may be even tougher, because it requires leaping over several generation gaps and landing on one's feet.
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Joe DiMaggio was, at every turn, one man we could look at who made us feel good. In the hard-knuckled thirties, he was the immigrant boy who made it big--and spurred the New York Yankees to a new era of dynasty. He was Broadway Joe, the icon of elegance, the man who wooed and won Marilyn Monroe--the most beautiful girl America could dream up. Joe DiMaggio was a mirror of our best self. And he was also the loneliest hero we ever had. In this groundbreaking biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer presents a shocking portrait of a complicated, enigmatic life. The story that DiMaggio never wanted told, tells of his grace--and greed; his dignity, pride--and hidden shame. It is a story that sweeps through the twentieth century, bringing to light not just America's national game, but the birth (and the price) of modern national celebrity.

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