Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's Life

Version: Abridged
Author: Richard Ben Cramer
Narrator: Richard Ben Cramer
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir, Self Development, Sports, Baseball, Biography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: April 2005
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

Joe DiMaggio was a mirror of our best self...and he was also the loneliest hero we ever had. A nation of fans would have given him anything...but what he wanted most was to hide the life he chose. This is the story Joe DiMaggio never wanted to tell -- and never wanted anyone else to tell. It is the story of grace -- and greed; his dignity, pride -- and hidden shame. After five years of relentless reporting, Cramer brings alive, for the first time, the story of DiMaggio the man.

Reviews (1)

Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's Life

Written by Anonymous on April 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

An interesting book, but not an enjoyable one. Cramer sets out to tell the story of the man and does, but the book left me with the feeling it was all a bit one sided. The author paints a picture of a great ballplayer who is a flawed human being. Flawed in so many ways that it is hard to like him. The book appears to be carefully researched, but time and time again I found myself questioning the source of the point being made. The author also narrates the book, which was not a good idea. He may be a good writer, but I found his voice grating and boring. Should you listen to this book? It does tell the basic story of Dimaggio and the great New York Yankee teams of the era and for baseball fans that makes it worth reading. The story of the man, Joe D., left me bored and somewhat doubting the author's objectivity.

Author Details

Author Details

Cramer, Richard Ben

Richard Ben Cramer (1950-2013) 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 How Israel Lost: The Four Questions and the classic of modern American politics What It Takes: The Way to the White House.