Jane Leavy’s remarkable biography of Mickey Mantle, THE LAST BOY (HarperCollins, $27.99), both explains and deconstructs the mythology of a man everyone loved but few understood. Through exhaustive research, hundreds of interviews, and an ability to be fair, truthful, and insightful, Leavy leads the reader through seminal points in Mantle’s life. In doing so, she reveals the human side of the legend, his struggles, his injuries, his meteoric rise to celebrity, and his effect on those both inside and outside his life. Leavy has hit a tape- measure home run of a book, and the wind was against her.
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