Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

3.93 avg rating
( 2,899 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780684853918: Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

A groundbreaking, breathtaking biography of one of the Century's great icons, the late Joe Dimaggio, from the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author of the bestseller WHAT IT TAKES. Few celebrities have captivated the sport's world for as long, or with such depth, as Joe DiMaggio. Here, for the first time, is the definitive story of his life, as told by the award-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer. In Cramer's hands, DiMaggio's complicated life, from the first game with the Yankees in the 1930's, his marriage to Marilyn Monroe and his rise to hero status, becomes a story of the media, the invention of a national celebrity in America, and the ways in which fame can both build and destroy. Using his renowned investigative skills, Cramer has uncovered startling, even shocking, information about DiMaggio's life and presents them with his trademark combination of 'jarring, unsentimental prose' (THE NEW YORK TIMES).

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

In a stunning feat of meticulous reportage, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ben Cramer ultimately puts to rest the "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" question with iconoclastic bravura. In Cramer's evaluation, the hero America held onto so desperately for so long was really a creation of a nation's communal imagination. The Joe DiMaggio that America tried so hard to believe in was never really here at all.

There was, of course, a Joe DiMaggio, and he had a splendid career in Yankee pinstripes--once hitting safely in an unimaginable 56 consecutive games--and a troubled marriage with Marilyn Monroe, each augmenting the other in our national mythology. But myths tend to be skin-deep, and Cramer's biography thrives in an internal geography well below the surface. The map he charts is of a cold, small, often nasty, uncaring, resentful, self-centered man, a man of public grace and private misery who broke friendships, shunned family, and chased money with the same focused energies he once harnessed to run down fly balls. It's not a pretty picture.

Scrupulously researched and elegantly written, The Hero's Life is filled with stories and reminiscences, both on and off the field, from others--not surprisingly, DiMaggio offered no cooperation--that both illumine the man and, more fascinatingly, explain our very need for him. Amid all the success and adulation, there was little joy in DiMaggio's life, and few moments--beyond the real heartache he felt over Monroe--of connection with others beyond Joe's personal need for others to serve him. "No one really knew what it meant to have spent a half-century being precisely and distinctly DiMaggio," Cramer writes, "what we required Joe DiMaggio to be. No one knew, as he did, what it cost to live the hero's life. And no one knew, as he did, precisely what it was worth." It seems our nation turned its lonely eyes to a proud, but empty shell; Cramer's superb book helps us understand why we did, and how DiMaggio was able to take all the good will extended him and give so little back. --Jeff Silverman

About the Author:

Richard Ben Cramer won the Pulitzer Prize for Middle East reporting in 1979. His journalism has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of the bestselling Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life and the classic of modern American politics, What It Takes: The Way to the White House. He lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Cramer, Richard Ben
Published by Simon & Schuster (2000)
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Integrity Books Corp.
(Mayfield Heights, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000012208

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Richard Ben Cramer
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
READERS PRIDE
(PLANO, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. NEW Book in Mint Condition -- Great DEAL !! Fast Shipping -- Friendly Customer Service -- Buy with Confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # RP0684853914BN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Cramer, Richard Ben
Published by Simon & Schuster (2000)
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
MendoPower
(Fort Bragg, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Like New. Brand new condition hardcover book in its also mint condition decorative dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 020317025

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Richard Ben Cramer
Published by Simon & Schuster (2000)
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0684853914

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Cramer, Richard Ben
Published by Simon & Schuster (2000)
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Frank Sincavage
(PHILA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. Brand new mylar covered ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 546 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 42266

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Cramer, Richard Ben
Published by Simon & Schuster, U.S.A. (2000)
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Renaissanceman Books
(Albany, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New. First. (Presumed as no edition stated and number line starts with 3.) Could be gifted. Dust jacket not price clipped ($28.00). No writing or marks inside. Not an ex-library or remainder. Some printing errors inside as blackened inside edges to some page. Bookseller Inventory # 002485

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.15
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Cramer, Richard Ben
Published by Simon & Schuster (2000)
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110684853914

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Cramer, Richard Ben
Published by Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A. (2000)
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover Signed Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Flash Books
(Audubon, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. SIGNED 1ST PRINTING. Signed on title page. New never read. Not price clipped. Not a remainder. Beautiful copy jacket and book. For the serious collector. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000188

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 85.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Richard Ben. Cramer
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York (2000)
ISBN 10: 0684853914 ISBN 13: 9780684853918
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
FOCUS POINT BOOKS
(Bloomington, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: new. First Edition/first printing. ISBN:0684853914, [4to/deckleforedge] xi.546p. ill.(bw-photos) notes.index. index of photos and credits. New in dj protected against wear and tear in Brodart Archival Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 109163

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 149.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds